August 2012 Trident #20

This is the latest Trident in this years winter dig, known affectionately as TR-20. I’m fast running out of room in my new hot house for these babies. In 3 or 4 weeks a lot of what’s in there will make it out onto the benches and free up plenty of space for new hatchlings.
Well TR-20 was the second (large) one to be dug this season. It was probably 18 feet tall, and I must admit I did feel bad about loosing 16 feet of it to the burning pile. No gain without sacrifice I guess. I had thought of leaving this one, as I thought it was just too big for me to handle, but with my new digging technique, it was out in around 15 minutes with quite a few nice fine feeder roots to boot. I haven’t put the tape on it yet, but the Mortein can gives you a fair idea of the base on this puppy. Will wait to see where it throws shoots and will probably shorten this stump by around 6 inches before starting it’s proper taper program. This one may end up back in the ground in a special besser block grow bed of its own for this stage to maximise growth potential. 
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Update pic coming soon…. the tree has thrown many shoots from the chop area, but fortunately it has put out one in exactly the right position so I can chop back to that and commence the taper phase.
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