A little Trident Maple root work

Trees are usually strongest when their freshly dug, and this is the best time to make drastic root reductions…while they have the best head of steam.

Here is a look at some root work.
Trident 1:

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Remember to plane the bottom:

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An attempt at an approach graft with some roots:

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Planted into an Anderson flat (everything in the grow bed must be dug and relocated this year):

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Trident 2; grown for a couple years on a cd:

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Trident 3; planted too deep, and was a mess after 2-3 years in the ground from a cutting. What to do?

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Another messy root base that I failed to take a before photo of; but the after shot is telling:

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Keep them cut short!
Another very nice example of developing nebari, which is just a few years ahead of those above:

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And a little update on this one; my first attempt at a root over rock, and my first trident in a real actual bonsai pot…if you can believe it!

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Now that it’s up at eye-level, I can start to think about branches, movement, and address the lack of strength I noticed in the lower root area. Most likely, I’ll put a basket around it and encourage them to thicken up more “underground”.

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