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Don Blackmond

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Trident triple trunk
« on: March 19, 2010, 09:13 AM »
This is a different duck.  Several years ago, Matt O and I did some horse-trading and this is one of the stumps I ended up with.  I decided to keep this one to entertain idle moments.  It was moved from a cement tub 3 years ago (? time flies) into this mica oval, and repotted each of the last 2 years.  I have been working the base and below just to see what can be made of it.  Its had only minor branch work, although a straight-line wind performed branch selection for me....

It has some scars and lumps and other oddities that may not appeal to some folks.

For the time-being the main structure will remain as you see it.  I will continue to work the base and roots for a couple more years, clean up some scars a little and then concentrate on the branching after that.  I may shorten it when the time comes, but not now and probably not ever.

 
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Trident triple trunk
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2010, 09:14 AM »
I had more to add, but the session timed out  >:( ??? ::)  Oh well.  Here.
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Trident triple trunk
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2010, 09:20 AM »
After root work and cleaning the base more.  There is more to do, but there is always next year...
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Trident triple trunk
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2010, 09:32 AM »
The pot is too small to get the planting angle correct.  It needs to be rotated clockwise 20 degrees or so.  I had a mica drum to use but I put a bald cypress in it instead.  This clay pot will do for a year.

Next year, more root work and repotting will raise the trunk out of the soil more to expose more base.  Same, the following year and that should do it.  Then branches.

Its not a lot of progress, but its not my only tree.
 

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Re: Trident triple trunk
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2010, 09:40 AM »
This last photo is from may 2007.
 

chansen

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Re: Trident triple trunk
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2010, 11:31 AM »
Don -

Nice work.  The base looks great.  I'm a bit envious. 

One question if you don't mind.  I'm in a similar growing zone, and I know that in Salt Lake we'll have a few more freezes/snow storms before we're in the clear.  What sort of protection do you provide for trees like this after you've done root work?  I have a hoop house set up that mitigates some of the cold and protects from the wind.  But I didn't know if I'd need to provide heat to prevent sub 32 degree temps.  In your opinion, would a hoop house and mulching them in be enough protection?

Thanks,

Christian
 

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Re: Trident triple trunk
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2010, 11:51 AM »
Christian, the answer depends on your low temps.  I keep mine in a greenhouse until I'm ready to move them outdoors for the season.  Allowing them to freeze after repotting is not the best idea, but it happens from time to time and mine are always fine after that.  For me, temps into the mid to low 20's will be ok but low teens or single digits will cause problems.  If your hoop house stays in the 20's and above you should be fine.  Tridents are tough.  Tougher than most people give them credit for being.
 

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Re: Trident triple trunk
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2010, 12:37 PM »
Don -

Thanks for the quick reply.

We may be getting a couple more nights of outside temps in the upper 20s, but I really doubt we'll get any lower than that.  If outside temps are in the upper 20s, then I think (hope) that the hoop house will be a little warmer.  I don't know to differences between the outside vs. inside hoop house temps since this is the first winter since I built it.  I'll just watch it carefully.

Thanks again,

Christian 
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Trident triple trunk
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2010, 01:51 PM »
You should buy a hi-lo thermometer, then you will know for sure.
 

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Re: Trident triple trunk
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2010, 01:45 PM »
Ah, Don, I remember that tree..... I think it weighed over 500 lbs when it came out of the ground. We dug them with a bobcat and a slip spade- the root balls were about 3' across, 4' wide and 21/2' deep. Such fun we dug 108 in one working day, washed them (to get all of that fine red Georgia Clay off of them) and bagged them- you ought to see some of the BIG ones. I think I still have 15 or 16 in the big tubs and 1 or 2 in the smaller tubs (like the tub yours was in). I sold most of the trees in the small tubs because folks could still carry them, the bigger ones are getting cut down and put into pots- slowly but surely

John
(Here is one o the really bigs ones from last spring, it is sitting in my wheel barrow as we prepared the pot)
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Re: Trident triple trunk
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2010, 03:59 PM »
John sure glad everyone wants shohins now, I don't think I could go though that again. 
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Trident triple trunk
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2010, 04:20 PM »
you ought to see some of the BIG ones

you should load a few into the truck and bring them here when you are ready for some good pines