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bwaynef

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A few years from anything
« on: February 17, 2010, 08:39 AM »
I planted these in my grow bed either spring or fall of '08 as 1 year old seedlings.  In anticipation of a possible move, and because my grow bed needed to be rearranged, I dug these about October of '09.

These two have interesting movement low on the trunk, and the trunks are just shy of 1".

Since my trees are still asleep (just barely; you can see buds starting to swell), I've been trying to plan what needs to be done.  I'm torn on these trees:  chop them back and start working on developing taper, or leave them alone and try develop more girth.
 

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Re: A few years from anything
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010, 08:41 AM »
The other one.  (There's a little movement hidden by the lower wet/dark trunk.)
 

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Re: A few years from anything
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010, 08:58 AM »
Is that some scarring on the base of the 2nd tree?
 

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Re: A few years from anything
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2010, 07:10 PM »
Wayne, why not have each? Cut one back to work on now and let the other one grow out. If they were mine I would allow the second one to grow out so that those scars will heal over. I have several maples that I bought for Bonsai but planted them in the yard instead. The stinkin' squirrels chew on the bark in the fall, don't ask me why. So some of mine get scarred up but usually heal over by the next summer. Although mine are growing in the ground, I think yours will heal faster by not limiting the growth. You really achieved some good size on your two trees, did you use a super-fertilizing program? Have you considered airlayering the top(s) instead of just removing them? Keep us posted. Don
 

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Re: A few years from anything
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2014, 06:12 AM »
Almost excactly a few years. Anything?

Thanks Bwayne.
 

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Re: A few years from anything
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2014, 08:31 AM »
I chopped the first one back this spring @ repot.  The other, I'm not positive what I've done with it.  I'll have to double check.
 

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Re: A few years from anything
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2014, 11:59 AM »
Awesome!  ;D

Don ran to Colorado and came with a new pic...... ;)

When you get a chance, I'd love to see it.
 

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Re: A few years from anything
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2014, 03:34 AM »
I would like to see the one tree now to see how it turned out. I had a friend donate to me a maple with a two inch trunk. I dug it and chopped the top to the lowest four branches and will let them grow so I can needle graft them next spring.  The same week I was at home Depot and saw a rather nice maple with great movement in the 3 and half inch trunk. I could not resist and  purchased it for $ 70.00. I know people thought I was crazy when I took a saw out and chopped it down to about three feet. I got it home and re potted it and did a needle graft. Next year I will do a few more grafts on both trees. The trunk being the hardest thing to develop I figure I can put the branches where I want them and in another few years have a great tree.
It may be a slow process but I'm sure your turned out great and the process is the most fun.