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Seedlings - Suggestions on where to next

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akeppler:
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.

DorianJF:
Thanks so much Keppler

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


--- Quote from: akeppler on February 12, 2015, 11:30 PM ---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.

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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.

DorianJF:
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

DorianJF:
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)

DorianJF:
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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