This arakawa has already had one haircut this spring, and has continued to grow denser. In order to keep the internodes short, I am continuing to cut back any extension growth back to the first (or second) node.
Additionally, I removed one of each pair of leaves in the crown, and outer, stronger shoots.
Finally, I weakened the entrance side of the thread graft that was applied in March this year.
It is nearly ready to separate, but I’d like to see the cambium fuse just a bit more at the exit side:
The apex area, while thinned out, looks a bit high above the rest of the foliage. I am slowly allowing the tree to grow taller and wider, so it may look a bit disassociated for now, but I am trying to keep it from getting too congested.
Additionally, the graft will be shortened when it is separated. Stay tuned for more updates!