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Grafting many Chinese Elms seedlings together (Siberian Elms) 2 years 5 months ago #49782

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I have looked around the Web and here, and I am unable to find anything about taking a bunch of Chinese Elm seedlings, and wrapping them together to graft them into one tree. They really are Siberian Elms they are a weed tree here in Utah, everyone here calls them Chinese Elms. I have been able to do many mistakes to these trees and they bounce right back. So a person who raises bonsais told me about getting a bunch of these young trees and wrapping them all together with plastic wrap, and he said they would grow into one tree with big roots. Has anyone tried this?
I have started lots of these trees this spring in gallon pots and some Bonsai starter pots. I have 20 to 30 trees started in each pot, just waiting on them to get bigger right now.

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Grafting many Chinese Elms seedlings together (Siberian Elms) 2 years 5 months ago #49783

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I have tried it, and we even had a little competition on the DUtch bonsai Empire some 6 years ago. I have not seen a single success. I tried cherrie, fig and field maple. Fusing did occur, but very irregularly, and some stems died.

I have come to the point where I feel one gets better trees by growing out individual plants and will not attempt fusing again.
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Grafting many Chinese Elms seedlings together (Siberian Elms) 2 years 5 months ago #49785

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Thank you for the information. Maybe I will try some other things with them. About 4-5 years ago I grafted two Siberian Elms together and made an Ent (tree person) which I still have and is doing well, but that is a single point graft which is easy. It is good to know a bunch of trees at once doesn’t work.

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Grafting many Chinese Elms seedlings together (Siberian Elms) 2 years 5 months ago #49793

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I found the instructions for this: www.bonsaiempire.com/blog/trunk-fusion

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Grafting many Chinese Elms seedlings together (Siberian Elms) 2 years 5 months ago #49819

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Here is a picture of the one I grafted. I am working on the one arm it is small.

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Grafting many Chinese Elms seedlings together (Siberian Elms) 2 years 3 months ago #51889

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Lol, it's a nice stick

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Grafting many Chinese Elms seedlings together (Siberian Elms) 2 years 3 months ago #51890

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Here is a picture of the one I grafted. I am working on the one arm it is small.


That’s an awesome looking tree!

Very unique!

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Grafting many Chinese Elms seedlings together (Siberian Elms) 1 year 5 months ago #60161

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I know of some trident maples seedlings that clump-grafted well. Also I have a large azalea that was created by clump grafting over 20 young trees together over 20 yrs ago. Now, it is hard to tell that they were individual trees. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of it on this computer.

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