Complete newbie + Need ID
I've had an evergreen tree in a pot for approx. 10 years since it came in as a hitchhiker on a cedar hedge tree. I've wanted to train it for nearly as many years but have had no clue where to start and didn't want to risk killing it!
I've been doing a lot of reading and I'm beginning to get a bit of an idea of where to start. I've decided to try potting one of the seedlings from my maple as a guinea pig, since I can get new ones every year should I fail.
So, first question:
What type of evergreen do I have? I think it is a fir but unsure of which variety.
When is the best time to prune? Late fall, early spring?
It has been in that pot, in that exact place, since I put it in a pot. I rarely water it, never fertilize it. I just leave it alone.
This is the little maple seedling I dug up and potted. They all have the brown spots on them. Should I discard it?
(I hope the photos aren't too large!)