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Getting ready for this growing season. Last year it added 2 more sections, with good wiggle and taper. Hopefully this year will mostly close the earlier two pruning scars, and next year can begin branch-building.
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Brian, are those black tubs from Menards in the drainage section?
 

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In 2015 I dug it up and put it in an Anderson Flat:
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And let it grow basically wild for the next 2 years. It got to about 8' tall:
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And after a good haircut:
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It's back to 10" tall, and sporting a 4" base. Check back in another 2 years!

Why did you move it to a grow box to let it grow wild (instead of keeping it in the ground for those two years?
Ridley
 

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Why did you move it to a grow box to let it grow wild (instead of keeping it in the ground for those two years?
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We moved in July ‘15, so I dug it up a few months earlier in March, and planted it in the Anderson flat. We don’t really have a great place to grow anything out in the ground in this yard, so I let the roots escape into the ground. The result isn’t much slower ground-growing and has the benefit of keeping some roots in close to the trunk.
 

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Did a little cleanup over the weekend, shortening everything except the next trunk section which is allowed to run free:
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It should continue to grow for several more weeks. Hoping it will be ready for branch training next year and maybe a pot in another 2 years.
 

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We moved in July ‘15, so I dug it up a few months earlier in March, and planted it in the Anderson flat. We don’t really have a great place to grow anything out in the ground in this yard, so I let the roots escape into the ground. The result isn’t much slower ground-growing and has the benefit of keeping some roots in close to the trunk.
Bri, would a raised grow out area be an option for you?
 

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Bri, would a raised grow out area be an option for you?
Probably, just nowhere to really “hide it” from view. I have Shimpakus tucked in and around the display posts in the ground, and a few others in the ground toward the fence, but I haven’t been too keen on starting a bunch more material over the last few years. It’s challenging just keeping what I have in good shape right now!
 

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Another great progression thread. I swear I learn more from looking at pictures and getting insight into decisions with documentation than any other means. Virtual time machine style learning.
 

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Hard cutback today. The apex had grown 6’ in just a couple months.
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How does 6’ translate to enitial trunk size vs optimal long term vs this present time of year in tandem?

In other words, why cut now? This caught me off guard. For instance, I’ve an American hornbeam that has a leader much as yours, 4-5’ growth this spring, collected late winter season before last, healthy...

I thought I’d just let it go till next year. There are certain very low branches on this leader/branch to take the mantle. With that limited info, would you recommend the same sort of cut now?
diff spp sure, but othwise it’s been just let loose... wonder if I’m missing something essential in best development time-wise. Why your cut now!?

Any thoughts appreciated and much thanks for your work and art.
 

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