This is the tree (or trees) that I have owned the longest. They are a pretty vigorous group and need cutbacks a few times a year. The plan is to shift the trees at repot and put the smaller one in the back. The top of the large tree was thinned out this fall, and may need more cutback in the future. There are a few sacrifices growing at the bases of the trees that will be let go for probably two more years. I also plan on layering one of the trees and adding a fourth, smaller tree to the composition in the future.
As purchased, summer 2011:
Growing well this summer:
The last few photos show a before and after from fall 2014:
I’m pretty pleased with the progress over the last few years. I look forward to working on our “family” tree in the future.
I have been meaning to get to this tree for a while and finally got the chance to work on it. It was overrun with weeds and superfluous branches. It also looks a little yellow so I’ll try and give it a good dose of fertilizer soon.
I got to work on the weeds first. While doing this I realized the maples roots were pushing to through the soil. This group needs a repot badly next spring.
The I got to work with a little cutback. The largest tree is looking good while the smaller tree still needs a lot of filling in. I also left sacrifice branches at the base of the trees to try and thicken them some more.
This group are the trees that I have had the longest in my collection. I have been doing my best to make something worthwhile with the planting. The trees exploded with growth this year, and it probably needs a repot next year.
As we left off on Father’s Day.
Growing out in mid summer after the partial defoliation.
Growing very well by the end of summer.
A couple of fall shots.
And this is how we will leave things for the year. I am still trying to figure out exactly what to do with this composition but I am just happy to see how far it has come since it came into my collection. I will leave the extensions for possible thread grafts next year.
After stripping the remaining leaves.
After cutback and a few wires.