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Trident trunk chop for shohin?

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OCREEFLOVER:
Hello everyone.

I recently purchased this nice trident and would like to make plans to make it a shohin if possible. The total height at the apex is about 15". I understand the best time to chop tridents is in the spring, I'm just trying to make a game plan. Would I be better off planting the tree in a training pot after the chop? Any help would be great.

Thanks

Sorce:
There's a faster shohin in that canopy. With a better nebari.

I would Airlayer it in the spring.

2 tree gameplan.

OCREEFLOVER:
Thats a great idea. I will have to do my homework on air layering.  Do tridents respond well to air layering?

bwaynef:
Tridents are the examples used in most books because they're so quick to layer.  Ordinarily I'd recommend against airlayering as a means of increasing the number of trees you have, but if you do this first thing next spring it'll only be delaying development by 2 months or so. (Depending on where you live.  I should probably have checked.)

John Kirby:
This is a nice little tree. The base in and of itself will not make a good shohin . The top, while nice as part of the medium sized tree won't be a good shohin either. I would look at keeping this tree as a medium sized tree and work to learn how to develop and maintain a Trident Maple bonsai.

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