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Hotaction

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Collected Acer rubrum
« on: October 06, 2009, 08:19 PM »
So, my older brother wanted to go dig some trees from his landscape.  He brought me along and I gave him what little advice I could.  (I also kept his hands off of trees I had prepped in spring)  Anyways I found this growing on a cliff ledge of sorts, and brought it home.  Not sure about fall collection but spring will tell the story.  Lots of work ahead for this one I think.

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Re: Collected Acer rubrum
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2009, 09:46 PM »
I already gave you my thoughts in chat, but for the sake of your thread, I think you need to work on selecting trunks with more interest.

That said, I get the sense that you're testing your collecting chops a little so its wise to choose trees with SOME potential when you go collecting so that if it lives you don't have to toss it because its so ugly.  I think you can make something out of this tree. 

The trunk is awfully skinny for A. rubrum, and their inherent/reported legginess.  That said, airlayer off a few inches below the fork and then chop the mother plant down by about 10" or so.  I'm not sure what can be done with the base, but possibilities (or the lack of) will present themselves within a year or two.

First thing you need to do is make sure not to overwater it, and protect it this winter while it tries to form roots to jumpstart it in the spring.  Just give it good aftercare (admittedly a nebulously simplistic directive).