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Winged Elm What to do 5 days 20 hours ago #57155

This is a winged elm. Last year I air layered it, cut off and stuck it in bonsai soil, intending to leave it for a couple of years. It really was too soon to cut it off because there weren't a lot of roots.
I had it sitting on the porch, in pretty decent shade, and just looked at, and saw it is leaning over prefer. With leaves and expected growth it would fall out of the pot which could hurt the few roots there are, so I need a better idea.
I see these options
  1. do a complete repot
  2. cut off a lot of the excess weight in the branches
  3. shift it upwards a little so the weight won't be as bad
  4. tilt the pot to try to take the strain off
  5. use something to brace it and leave the roots alone

I think I want to leave roots alone, but don't really know the best thing to do. Ideas?

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Winged Elm What to do 5 days 20 hours ago #57156

I'd just put a prop linked to the side of the pot to give it some support and leave it there, tbh...
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Winged Elm What to do 5 days 20 hours ago #57157

looks like you already have a piece of bamboo propped up to hold it? i wouldn't mess with the roots maybe add a better prop or use some wire to better secure it to the prop.
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Winged Elm What to do 5 days 7 hours ago #57159

should have wired into the pot. Bit late now, but if you did not disturb any roots you could take it out and wire into the pot or preferably into a deeper pot.
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Winged Elm What to do 5 days 6 hours ago #57160

I have lots of bricks. In these circumstances I tent to put 2 bricks on the pot, one on each side of the trunk. After 2-4 weeks of growth the plant will have settled.
But, considering it is early spring, potting up properly might work too.

Just make sure it cannot wiggle and it will be fine.
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Winged Elm What to do 5 days 2 hours ago #57178

crent89 wrote: looks like you already have a piece of bamboo propped up to hold it? i wouldn't mess with the roots maybe add a better prop or use some wire to better secure it to the prop.

The picture doesn't show the rain. I walking from the car, saw the tree leaning, put it on the bench, stuck the bamboo in, and got inside. Today for a change it isn't raining.

I wired the trunk in last summer, but there was no root ball so there was nothing to anchor it in.

Ok, the plan is get some large rocks to anchor and support, and tip it up to reduce strain. There are rocks everywhere but I haven't seen a spare brick in a long time.
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