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Trunk chopping question 3 years 7 months ago #38788

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Hello all,

Hoping to perform my first trunk chop on this poorly tapered, S-curve mallsai Chinese elm. Would this be the appropriate location to cut or should I simply cut a flat stump and develop a leader from whatever grows from that?

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Trunk chopping question 3 years 7 months ago #38789

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I would cut it exactly there.
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Trunk chopping question 3 years 7 months ago #38790

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Don't forget to send us the pictures of the progression!

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Trunk chopping question 3 years 7 months ago #38793

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Would this be the appropriate location to cut or should I simply cut a flat stump and develop a leader from whatever grows from that?


I believe your cutting point it´s right on spot!

Seize the branch and take advantage of it as a leader and build form there on. Just be aware that it will take quite a few years of development, possibly with nothing much to do other than watering and fertilizing. Also a repotting using a better soil mix wouldn´t hurt. Oh... And keep this tree outdoors now that Spring is coming.

Alain
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Trunk chopping question 3 years 7 months ago #38794

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i would suggest to do the cut a bit higher, like one cm or so. This because of dieback. Later , when the new leader has grown well, you can cut at the final place, or else: make a small yin.
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Trunk chopping question 3 years 7 months ago #38798

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I had planned to repot into an akadama mix but I worried that repotting and a trunk chop may be too many insults at once. In your opinion, should I proceed with both at the same time?

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Trunk chopping question 3 years 7 months ago #38799

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I had planned to repot into an akadama mix but I worried that repotting and a trunk chop may be too many insults at once. In your opinion, should I proceed with both at the same time?


If you don't bother with the roots too much it should not be a problem.
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Trunk chopping question 3 years 7 months ago #39021

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Perfect time to repot.
The roots and canopy work together as a system. If you're taking off heaps off from the top, you want to take just as much off the bottom.

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Perfect time to repot.
The roots and canopy work together as a system. If you're taking off heaps off from the top, you want to take just as much off the bottom.


Not true.

If you do a trunk chop, you want to root system healthy and established to get the quickest & strongest re-grow. Trimming both at the same time is most of th etime needlesly heavy handed on the tree
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