From Wrecked to Radial (Yes, I spent real time thinking of that title.)

DonovanC

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I collected this American Elm last spring, and it’s done really well since. I checked out the roots this spring and there was a clump of roots on one side and a few little roots on the other - I sorted the roots as well as I could and buried it deep. I didn’t have any sphagnum moss so it’s just in my regular soil mix. So hopefully the next repot reveals something more radial.

Having said that: Anyone care to share their radial root success stories? Worst root base you’ve ever sorted out? From wrecked to radial?

Advice?
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Neat! I LOVE the direction you are taking it!

I have a Rosa multiflora with a main “trunk”(ex-root ;) ) that resembles this Elm’s “main” trunk.

That shape is very pleasing to the eye.

Keep it updated!

🤓

(My skillsets are not specific to the ADVICE you requested.. sorry. Just like your tree.)
 

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Neat! I LOVE the direction you are taking it!

I have a Rosa multiflora with a main “trunk”(ex-root ;) ) that resembles this Elm’s “main” trunk.

That shape is very pleasing to the eye.

Keep it updated!

🤓

(My skillsets are not specific to the ADVICE you requested.. sorry. Just like your tree.)

Thank you!
Your approval makes up for your lack of advice lol
😋
 

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Airlayer Early, Airlayer Often.

We probably waste a combined millions of years messing with unworthy roots. Ok maybe thousands, but it's ridiculous.

Sorce
 

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Shoot!
I thought I was going to see some sweet
Root!
 

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Airlayer Early, Airlayer Often.

We probably waste a combined millions of years messing with unworthy roots. Ok maybe thousands, but it's ridiculous.

Sorce

That seems so obvious but for some reason I just never considered it. I was just looking at your post with the airlayer disk. I’ve actually never succeeded at one, so I guess I avoid the thought.
The tree is already pretty squat, so perhaps a ground layering is in order next year? Surely I wouldn’t dare this time of year... right?
I admittedly have no hands on experience with air layering.
 
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So sorry 😔 there is nothing to see here
Haha! That’s ok. I’ll check back next repot!👍

Gotta try that radialayer TM

The damn squirrels got into my sphagnum bags looking for.........The golden acorn?
I was not successful with the 3 air layers I attempted this season. 😡
 

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Haha! That’s ok. I’ll check back next repot!👍

Gotta try that radialayer TM

The damn squirrels got into my sphagnum bags looking for.........The golden acorn?
I was not successful with the 3 air layers I attempted this season. 😡

Those pesky rodents smh Lol
I’m nervous to attempt it - but I think it’s my option at this point. I’ve never had any success with airlayering - but these elms root really easily, so I’m kind of feeling confident. But at any rate, that’s next year so I have time to soak up as much knowledge as I can before bringing out the X-Acto knife 😬
 

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Do you have trees to trim? Practice layering on them. Puts off the chore for a few months at least! Lmao
 

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Do you have trees to trim? Practice layering on them. Puts off the chore for a few months at least! Lmao
Lol
I’m going to do it next year or the year after. Like @River's Edge said, the more vigorous the tree it the better my chances are. So I want to give it time to recover.
 

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