I airlayered this Amur maple earlier in the year and finally removed it a few weeks back. I didn’t disturb the new roots or moss, just slipped the whole thing into a larger pot of free draining mix that will hopefully insulate the roots from the cold this winter too. Looking forward to spring to see what I’ve got.
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A few shots of this promising bit of material airlayered from a parent tree two years ago. It’s been recovering from its first rootprune and repot earlier in the year. No new shoots this year so I’m leaving it to bounce back and next year I’ll consider pruning and styling.
I’m enjoying this Deshojo maple a lot more since heavy pruning and wiring in the winter. I’d always been unsure about the twin trunks in the first photo and was getting no backbudding down the trunk to fill out the image. It just kept growing upwards! The trunk was too thin so I decided to make a more compact image. More of a broom style now that its in leaf and I can live with this recent image a lot better. Nice to see a positive difference in two years. Hopefully a winter image later this year will be just as pleasing and will show better ramification too. It’ll go into a smaller pot next year.
Created this last year and haven’t touched it until now as it needed a long recovery period. Some of the thinner/sparser trunks at the back are still weak and unfortunately I have lost one trunk in the middle.
I’m relying on a lot of backbudding on the thinner trunks at the back and in future I need to wire or reposition a lot of the individual trees. The past year has been about letting them establish. It’s no coincidence that the two healthiest trees are the ones I grew in my garden whereas all the others were bought last year as a hedging bundle from the garden centre.