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Steven

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Trident thread graft
« on: June 23, 2010, 01:39 PM »
Don't know if this is appropiate for this forum or not. If the Admin feels it needs to be moved elsewhere I am ok with that.

I decided to thread graft this Trident. I am not thrilled with what is at the top. I still like the base but it needs worked on in time. The trunk section is boring with no taper and has some ugly wound scars. I thread grafted 3 branches. I wired up my chosen 3 so that I could bend them into position. I then whipped out the cordless drill and bits to make the holes. First one did not go so well. Bit kept slipping as I started. So I tried on the opposite side, that was even worse. The exit hole came out too far low and towards the back of the tree.  >:(  After collecting myself I went back to the first area I tried and just drilled. Got it right, but now that hole crosses the previous one inside the trunk. Cleaned that up some and it worked. This hole is for branch #1. I then drilled for the back branch #2 and finally the hole for branch #3. So branch #1 is right branch, branch #2 is back branch and branch #3 is left branch. I can add a few more but will wait to see if these take. I applied sealant around the branches. I hope in time this tree gets somewhat better. If not, then I guess it goes in the brush pile as a loss.
 

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Re: Trident thread graft
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010, 01:41 PM »
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Re: Trident thread graft
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2010, 03:39 PM »
FYI update. Upon checking on how the grafts are coming along today I noticed that one of the threaded branches has been snapped. Very close to the trunk. Doubt the branch lives as the only thing holding it on still is a thin piece of bark/cambium/wood layer. Set back again. I'll re-try another in a yr or 2.
 

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Re: Trident thread graft
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2010, 11:06 PM »
Don't give up on this tree I never look at a tree as a loss only an oppertunity for improvement.It has a slight negari type root mass and the shohin size like I think you are headed will only emphacize the dramatic nebari
 

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Re: Trident thread graft
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2010, 12:06 AM »
I'm not giving up. Just got set back some more with it. I'll see in a year if I can re-thread another branch or use a seedling. Yes that is where I'm headed with it. Thanks Seth.
 

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Re: Trident thread graft
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2010, 11:52 PM »
I need to try to get up to your study group again in the next few months b4 tennessee show.I enjoyed the last one I attended but I live so far away .I usualy visit john about 1 to2 a week due to my profession but on the weekends I am back in columbia.
 

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Re: Trident thread graft
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2010, 12:48 AM »
We'd be glad to have you come. The more the merrier ;D Tennessee shows in just over 2 months away.
 

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Re: Trident thread graft
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2011, 02:54 PM »
Steven, I,m sure you've found out by now but for those who haven't, Leave the wire longer(length) and secure the branch to the trunk or make a tie with tape or raffia.
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