Yeah summer just started and I'm sure we'll be in for hot sunny days, but it's supposed to be rainy all week. I was thinking of slip potting it.Looks like a great start! Not sure if you are in the repotting time zone in your area but that would be the next step. Windswept one of the hardest to pull off. Looks like a great start on an informal upright.
So I was thinking, would it be better to flip the growing terminal upwards later on, or turn it into a branch and grow an apex from what is currently the top of the tree?
Main issue with not going up with it, is that it will be a thicker branch higher up than 1st branches.would it be better to flip the growing terminal upwards
+1Now just crank up the sunlight and fertilizer, and let it grooooow!
Yup, I knew it would be months or even a year before I actually do it. I like knowing about things very early so I don't have to rush when I suddenly realize it's time to do it.Main issue with not going up with it, is that it will be a thicker branch higher up than 1st branches.
However, to reposition now would be too risky damaging the cambium layer, losing all above the bend point.
Let it go till Fall or even this time next year to reposition it.
If you were to make it a branch, would have to prune it and allow the lower branches to extend
and play catch up, losing momentum to gaining girth in the trunk at the expense of using the apical leader
as a branch, but you can do it yes, but the girth to be, would suffer.
Yeah it's just a habit. Not such a big deal with this but I already missed repotting my black pines this year when I should have. I'm pretty good at not getting things done.You wont have to do that. Time to get it bushy which is basically doing nothing other than
fertilizing and proper watering in full Sun.