I started out growing Fukien tea and really enjoy the look of them even as I start to expand my horizons into various species. I have a tree that was an air layered branch by my former teacher and does not have the S shape of many imports. I am really interested in making this the strong specimen that I know it can become. I have had this tree for about 5-7 years and it has always been in good health and I have been letting it put out a lot of new leaders this year to really help it become more vigorous. I have played with the styling and have some views that I like but overall I am still not happy with the thickness of the truck which really hasn’t increased much since I purchased it. I was going to either put it in the ground or make a large grow box for it but am not sure which route would be better. I know if I put it in the ground I would still have to put it in a large nursery container because I have to pull it out and overwinter it inside for 3-4 months. I my experience even in zone 8b/9a the cold nights will really blacken the leaves and hurt the tree even with some protection. I was just hoping to see if anyone had ever tried either of these techniques with a Fukien or if not I can buy a few mallsai and experiment until I find something that works then use that for the tree's I am actually hoping to train long term.