Tyre grown Celtis trunks

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Tyre grown Celtis trunks

Post  Frojo on Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:15 am

Hi everyone, I've not posted in a while, but I have been looking around the forum periodically.

I have a few small Celtis africana that I planted in tyres, on top of heavy clay soil some time ago. It's spring here now and I have started to dig some trees and getting them into big training pots. Some might go back into the ground again at some time. I am possibly relocating so I thought I might as well lift as many as I can now.

I'll dig up some pics of when I planted them and take some to show what they look like now. I aimed for variety, trying for different looks with different trunks.

So far I have noticed that with trunks I fiddled with, resulting in many branches and growth points, it resulted in quite even root growth, with many roots thickening. In trunks I chopped and let just a leader grow, the tenancy was for a few roots to grow a lot.

Overall the root growth was exceptional, too exceptional, with many roots growing a bit too thick for my taste.

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Post  Frojo on Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:24 pm

I'll start with this one:


In the ground for 5 years, chopped 3 times, spiral shaped.




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Post  Frojo on Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:28 pm

Roots got a bit thick.




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Post  Frojo on Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:41 pm

Next one:



I left it as is and after two years it had made a huge bush, by far the fastest grower of the bunch. The trunk thickened a lot.
I then chopped it low down, bending up a branch (in the photo above, the second lowest branch, the thick one going to the left) for the new leader.
Chopped again now to a thickish low branch.


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Post  Frojo on Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:43 pm

Now what to do with all those roots...



It will probably go back into the ground at some stage.


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Post  Frojo on Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:22 pm

I had this one in a container for a year or so, but got fed up with it when it made a big swelling all around the chop and didn't grow very much. I gnawed away at the swelling and planted it in a tyre.



Chopped twice.





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Post  Frojo on Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:26 pm

After some cutting/sawing.





I'll probably shorten the roots some more. What do you all think? What would you do?


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Post  Frojo on Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:19 pm

Last one for today, took it out on Saturday already and did not get pics of the roots/nebari... forgot.



Left as is it looked like this after a year:

I decided not to chop it, but to just cut a chunk off the trunk (as indicated in the pic) and removing the bunch of branches.
It got roughly pruned about once a year.

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Post  Frojo on Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:21 pm






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Post  luni vedovello on Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:32 pm

Great material and evolution! Thanks for sharing.

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