This trident didn’t exactly respond to spring pruning as I had hoped. Here is a mid-July photo:
The new leader emerged as a fish hook, and honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to bud back quite as close to the trunk chop…leaving that second section longer than I wanted. All the movement went to the right, and I wasn’t sure what to do next. I asked Al K., a shohin trident aficionado for his opinion. He did the following Virtual rendering, and it all clicked…he simply changed the movement from right to left and suddenly it worked. Thanks again Al.
Next up was to add a thread graft in the right spot for,the first right branch…using the editing right branch as the scion to replace itself…
Check fit, drill hole, defoliate branch, thread through, tighten it against the exit hole, seal with paste, wrap branch in Parafilm to protect the branch while it adjusts to the bend:
It didn’t exactly work…more next week.