Some carving work done on the surface roots today. They were very horizontal to the soil surface and when cut back from ground to pot, they stopped abruptly without a nice gradual entry to the soil, so I rolled them down with the router and a cove box bit, and applied cut paste to encourage healing of the wound.
Summer growth is around 4 ft high with a sacrifice branch on the left to beef up the base a touch more.
After the last trunk chop in the first photo, the tree refused to reshoot for almost 3 years…… it was about 6 weeks after it was dug that I noticed it’s first bud in years. I was so relieved to see it emerge finally I had proof of life. I think it was too shaded where it had been planted, and was placed in my hothouse until early Spring, and then went out into full sun where it really started to put on some growth. It hasn’t shot in the most ideal positions on the trunk, but I am leaving it to grow unchecked for another 6mths to gain as much vigour as possible before getting too heavy with the pruning.
I wasn’t sure of the trees future, but I dug it out anyway…. the nebari on this one is very broad and flat to the soil surface, and will be more impressive when properly potted when more of the roots can be safely exposed. This could easily go into a pot less than 3 inches deep, but for now it is important to keep the new fine feeder roots well insulated from the harsh summer sun.
With an 11 inch base and standing 28 inches tall, I wasn’t happy with the distance between the curves in the trunk above the second turn around the 12-14inch mark, so I removed the apex of the tree at the red line marked in the pic below and have struck this as a cutting for a future shohin. Probably should have done it as an air layer to be safe, but after what seemed ages, I saw roots emerge from the bottom of the pot.
There is a strong new leader heading skyward about 30 inches tall and a half an inch thick so far. It will need another half a growing season at least, before it will be thick enough to prune back and start refining the apex, but the more gradual taper it will achieve will be worth the wait.
The growing beds before the dig………