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akeppler:
While the initial chop may be high, that is not a bad thing. Trees with a good trunk and aged bark can be a powerful image.

My respose had more to do with the second chop and not lettuing that one get large enough. There is a pretty big disparity between the two and probably not somethingf that will correct itself, even with time.

I have done the same thing, and now I too am wondering what I can do to resolve the problem since mine seems to grow as a unit, hence no thickening above the chop to induce better taper.

John Kirby:
Al, try grafting back at the junction between the first and second chops.

Jerry Norbury:
Any update on this?

bwaynef:
This tree sat.  ...and sat.  ...and sat some more.  It hasn't done ANYTHING after leafing out initially ...as you might expect after seeing the drastic root reduction.  I noticed this week that its beginning to put out new growth, mostly at the extremities right now, but I hope to get some good budding elsewhere.  Eventually it'll have to be chopped so if I don't get the budding I want now, I'll probably get it then.

As for the root grafts, I have nothing to say.  Since it sulked so obviously and for so long, I opted not to harass it by prodding around to see how the grafts were doing.  I'll have to be patient until late-winter to find that out.  By extension, so will you.

bwaynef:
I finally got around to repotting this one.  Lackluster results, but now I can move forward:
http://bonsaistudygroup.com/advanced-grafting-discussion/root-grafting-on-trident/

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