Here is the previous installment for this tree. I ended up repotting it in 2018, and wiring it in 2019. Here is the starting point:
Reduced the right branches in hopes for a back-bud closer to the trunk.
Trimmed back; Arakawa forms lots of buds, so trimming back took a while to get down to the bifurcation branch structure. before:
Wrapped in parafilm:
Cut paste to seal out water, then wrapped in parafilm, and then raffia:
Branches tweaked a bit more, and ready for the 2019 growing season.
Two weeks later, and the grafted bud is starting to move, a positive, but not definitive sign yet…
As of 4/1, the bud is 1.5″ long.
And at the end of the month…
I won’t be ready to call it a success until I see a new candle growing from it next year.
Memorial Day weekend, 2019. It is growing well, if not a little unbalanced, and the graft so far is still growing.
Around the 4th of July holiday, it was decandled:
Notice the graft is also growing at this point.
In early November, here is the graft:
The tree will be ready for some more work this winter, needle-pulling, bud selection, and some wiring.