Large Maple Groundlayer

A couple of months ago I managed to have a look at the new roots growing on this very large Japanese Maple garden tree that I had ground layered two years ago here.

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 autumn 2017

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March 2018

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Evidence of new roots

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Wooden box removed and rootball undercut

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Plenty of new root beginning to thicken.  These were spread and left to extend and thicken.

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No new roots on this side.  Older thicker roots were trimmed around the whole tree.

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The bare side was cut again and pasted with rooting hormone.  Tree replanted with free draining soil mix and covered.

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Back in the flower bed for another two years.

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Ground Layers Update

The rest of my material that was ground layered two years ago:

Japanese Larch twin trunk

Jan 2018

Silver Birch

Cut sacrifice branch Jan 2018

Field Maple

January 2018

Field Maple corky bark.  Air layer candidate.

Japanese Maple garden tree.

Jan 2018

fine root

Garden Maple ground layer

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Thought I would have a tentative look for any new surface roots on this very large Japanese Maple.  I decided to layer it last year as the existing root base consisted of three extremely thick roots that were unsuitable for bonsai.  I was glad to see signs of new growth but far too early to dig up and investigate properly.  I’ll leave it as it is for at least another year.

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Top growth last year was very short compared to the long internodes usually associated with this type of material.  All of last years shoots were no more than one or two cm long, presumably because of the work done to layer the roots.

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I haven’t done any kind of work with this tree since I dug it up out of the garden four years ago. No further pruning, wiring, pinching etc… Just happy to let it grow out and let primary branches thicken.  At some point soon I’ll wire these into position once I know the tree is doing ok.