Trident maple raft

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this is a field growing project, started in spring, the cutting was taken from a small trident, both tree and cutting are in the ground

here is the cutting after spending a few months growing in this pot, luckily it struck and grew well
20161024_171134 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
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2016-12-15_04-28-08 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
2016-12-15_04-36-41 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

and in spring i had a look at all the root it grew from last season
20170301_143903 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
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i rubbed some rooting hormone on the base after scraping away some bark
20170301_144536 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

and placed on a tile with a little soil and moss
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20170301_145452 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

and today after a few months
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plan is to leave it to grow wild for another season or two and see where im at in regards to thickening and girth.
 

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That's looking good, great development. Have you got the Peter Adams maple book? Some similar examples in there I think, and he had a famous trident raft that would be a useful reference point. I have a feeling I've asked you that before, maybe on another forum ... apologies if I'm repeating myself.
 

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Hi folks thanks!
Hi Tom, i dont have the book but ive seen the diagrams and images of the one you mean. just needs to bulk out now, might take at least 2 more seasons of strong growth before its ready to be cut back, will see how it goes, but i plan to build something very interesting with this material. trident and field maples bulk up so fast they're literally taking over my allottment, it looks like a jungle right now.

ok i may not of seen the trident raft, just this diagram

if it could even look anything like your maple raft in a few years id be happy:cool:
feel free to share any images mate
 
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it didnt wake up spring 2018, dunno why, maybe died over the winter
 

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if you zoom in on the two trunks on the right, rings of bark peeling away, something might of been eating it i dunno. the two trunks in the foreground also show bark damage
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