I missed watering my second year maple for a few days and all the leaves dried out and turned crunchy. It's still alive but I was wondering if I should put it in our walk in cooler (40f-50f) and make it go dormant a month early sense I was going to put it outside next week anyway?
I keep it in the window next to my computer spring and summer because I see it and remember to water it (most of the time) but in the fall I move it to the porch so it can loose its leaves and enter a dormant cycle which I have read is important for maples to have. I guess I will try the cooler tomorrow unless some one says I should do otherwise. Thanks for the input I just needed to hear that I wasn't totally crazy for thinking of the walk in.
The tree would be better of outdoors at all time. The dry indoor air may be the reason for the wilted leafs. Or warering the wrong way. Watering the correct way is not possible indoors without moving the tree every time (or creating a mess on the floor).
Sorry for the long delay. Life had me busy. For anyone who was wondering the cooler worked perfectly to put it into a dormant cycle. I left it in there till the maples outside lost there leaves then transferred it to my porch. in the spring the leaves came back and the it has made a full recovery.