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Re: Seedlings - Suggestions on where to next
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2015, 11:30 PM »
I have added some potential cut to your plant. I have marked in red where side shoots have grown strong and are robbing energy to compete to become the apex. This is what elms and maples do very well. Two very hard trees to keep lower branches on and with size and health. The areas marked in light blue are the areas that are increasing in size with two apex growing. Keep it to one and more energy will go straight down.

NOW next year to really get some growth down low and get all those trunks to fuse and build a big nebari, cut them back in the spring where I show 2 inches off the dirt. Then when the spring push start all tghe energy will go straight to the mass in the whole and it will swell and just go crazy.

Here is one I did that grew like this in one season.
 
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Re: Seedlings - Suggestions on where to next
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2015, 01:34 AM »
Thanks so much Keppler

It is appreciated.  I understand regarding the leader now and have done some cutting.

NOW next year to really get some growth down low and get all those trunks to fuse and build a big nebari, cut them back in the spring where I show 2 inches off the dirt. Then when the spring push start all tghe energy will go straight to the mass in the whole and it will swell and just go crazy.

Spring starts for us in September so I will look at cutting them down low as per your advice.  But I wanted to know the following.  When you cut off that amount, does it not put the tree under huge stress?  Also do you leave any leaves on it or is it basically just a straight trunk chop.

Oh yes, that Nebari is looking great.
 

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Re: Seedlings - Suggestions on where to next
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2015, 01:31 PM »
Another update

So our weather has been really strange and the winter is not as cold as expected.  The maple seedlings have started to shoot new buds all up the stems.

So....  I decided to cut them short now to the last node so that the growth can start from there again.  I really hope that I have not done this too soon and that they grow out and it survives
 

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Re: Seedlings - Suggestions on where to next
« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2015, 05:31 AM »
So almost a month has passed since I cut the Maple seedling back hoping that new buds will shoot.

Well luckily for me they have with the exception of one (Keeping fingers that it will still shoot and is a late bloomer)
 

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Re: Seedlings - Suggestions on where to next
« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2015, 10:21 AM »
So its just over a month later and the maples are growing like mad.  Well with the exception of the one.  I do not think it is a late bloomer at all, it might just be dying. Luckily I planted the pieces that I cut off originally and planted those and they have started to grow.  I could possibly cut on the one (if its died) and feed in a new seedling to replace it.

I am looking at the leaves and I might have some different types of JM in the mix but I am not really worried about it as this is just really a fun project.

Now I do have a question so hopefully somebody could shed some light.

There are a few buds coming out of each maple seedling.  Do I leave all the buds and let them grow for now or do I remove most of them and leave only one per seedling.
 

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Re: Seedlings - Suggestions on where to next
« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2015, 12:02 PM »
I decided to get rid of the one stump that has not been growing at all and then thread through one of the cuttings that had taken root to replace it.

After removing the soil I was very happy as there was quite a bit of root growth about the tile (although I would of loved more).

I cut off the one stump and then drilled it out and right through to the bottom for the cutting to be thread through.

 

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Re: Seedlings - Suggestions on where to next
« Reply #21 on: October 04, 2015, 12:06 PM »
And that is where everything seemed to go pear shaped -  >:( >:( >:(

I noticed that I had taken bark off the trunks and when threading through the cutting I seemed to scratch bark off that too.

I am hoping that the cutting that I threaded through has some new buds that will take and that I did not cause too much damage.  I think this is where my inexperience came to the front and bit me in the @$$.

Just to round it off, I then broke off all the new growth on one of the trunks (My fat fingers) so I decided to rather get it back into the soil and leave it to hopefully recover.
 

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Re: Seedlings - Suggestions on where to next
« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2016, 08:27 AM »
Looking at another thread made me decide to update this one.

Well my fears were correct.  I have unfortunately gone from 5 seedlings down to 3.  My attempt at incorporating a new seedling into the mix did not work.

In saying that, the 3 stems left are very healthy and growing nicely.

2 of the trunks have split growth (2 shoots going upwards) and I am not sure if that is right or if I should of cut one of the 2 new shoots off earlier.

Once again, I will wait for July (mid to end winter) to dig it up, check the roots and do a cut back.