Just my 2 cents. You have been a member for over a year, you may already know about what my warning is about. I try to let my personal spruces go about 5 years between repotting.
One thing: Branches should bend down from base. Not arch up then down for more natural appearance. Consider on second trunk removing apex but letting branches grow out as normal branches. Normally apex would be shaded out by upper branches but branches not so shaded still will grow.
The longer you go with the arch in those branches, the harder it will be to fix.
DAS are notorious for branches growing up, not out or down. And, the branches are “springy” enough to slowly overpower aluminum wire. Yes, they will slowly return back to growing up because aluminum just isn’t strong enough to resist their upward pressure.
My suggestion is to remove the aluminum wire, and replace it wit copper, and while you’re doing that to utilize this technique:
Pay attention to Fig 16:
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This keeps the branches from making “rainbow” curves. Heavy branches, you can use a piece of rebar. Thinner branches, a dowel or even chopsticks will work.
That’s great!!! I’m glad I could help!@Adair M, thanks for the tip! The bamboo dowels helped stabilize the branch and allowed me to “pivot” the branch downward waaaay closer to the trunk. And this is my first time using copper wire (I LOVE it). View attachment 328351
Hard to get any quality pics of the result, but I am happy with how it turned out
I did not have to use this technique with every branch, only 6, for now. Adjusting the turnbuckles felt like tuning a vintage Les Paul. Easy-peasy
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