Trident transplant (ground to pot)

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Re: Trident transplant (ground to pot)

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Photo collage update time! For convenience, old with new ...

I tried matching the angles to the previous collage, bit harder this time as we cannot see the tree through the leaves!!! :tu:

20th September 2020:
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This morning's update, 12th November, 2020:

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Re: Trident transplant (ground to pot)

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With that much growth and this far into spring I would say this transplant has been successful.
I would still let it grow without any work, probably all this summer but you could start planning what shape and size you want to work towards.
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Re: Trident transplant (ground to pot)

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Oh no, I missed @shibui's last post ... I went out on the weekend and tried wiring down some branches, to help flatten them out. Accidently broke two at the base of the trunk, though hoping they self-repair. Not trimming anything at this stage.

Shape: going for a failrly standard, informal upright, though open to suggestions, from others and the tree itself :D

Size: I'd still like to get the trunk down to half the height but that means losing the fork that I like. Was thinking of air-layering some of it, though it might not be strong enough for that yet.
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Re: Trident transplant (ground to pot)

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The tree is still trying to get over a traumatic experience. It has used up stores to grow new shoots and new roots. Now it needs some leaves, sunlight and fertilizer to rebuild all those reserves.
New roots are very brittle. Playing with the top and moving the trunk can shear off new roots emerging from the cuts under the soil.
New shoots growing from the trunk are also very loosely attached when small and young. You have already found that they come away from the bark so easily at this stage. Leave them to grow, even if these ones grow straight up the base of each new shoot will develop lots of buds that will shoot easily next time provided the tree is allowed to regain strength.
It may be frustrating to wait 6 months or another year but that's so much better than a dead tree.
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Re: Trident transplant (ground to pot)

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Very wise words @shibui ... hopefully I haven't done too much damage. Very happy to wait until next spring before thinking about styling again. I just assumed now was a good time to style, as the shoots were fresh and soft, but makes sense the tree hasn't totally recovered yet.

Only two branches were damaged, and so far they're still holding on (unless I should just cut them off to save the tree wasting energy repairing them?).

Pic below of the wiring I had done (for reference of what not to do):

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Assume best to leave it as is for now, as to remove the wiring could damage it some more?
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Re: Trident transplant (ground to pot)

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Definitely leave the wires and even damaged branches as they are now. Unwiring is usually way more difficult than wiring so you will only break of more. If the broken ones are still alive that's OK. It won't stress the tree to repair small cracks.
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Re: Trident transplant (ground to pot)

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Thanks again @shibui!!! Will leaf it alone until next year, I promise.
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