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Leo in NE Illinois

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #30 on: August 27, 2014, 12:42 PM »
I like the technique - I need to "file this" for future reference. Thanks Owen.

I am not a big fan of stilt roots, but after your work on the cotoneaster - it is really looking better. Nice solution to a problem.
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #31 on: August 28, 2014, 11:42 PM »
New photos are much better, thanks for getting them posted! The issue I could see with I. serrata is that the wood is very brittle once it gets any size (learned that the hard way), so it might be tough to bend into position. I could see this maybe being used to advantage with flowering quinces since some of those sucker abundantly.

Chris

If you look closely at the photo after pinning, one branch split as I put it into position.  It was the oldest shoot.  All shoots from the previous round were quite young (less than a year old).

When this one is repotted next year, the new roots will be raised and potentially protected with tape and wired to better positions.  The new planting angle will also likely bury about half of each new surface root decreasing the stilted feeling.