I bought 3 1-gallon can J Beech (Fagus crenata) from Evergreen Gardenworks in December 2017:
I didn’t quite get around to working on them in 2018. The going-in plans were either a 3-tree composition, or a triple trunk.
One never woke up in the spring, and so I decided to wait to see what the other two would do before I tried to combine them at all. So they sat one more year in the gallon cans until I got to them in the spring of 2019.
The roots looked pretty rough after another year in those cans.
I had also lost the top half of one. Can you spot the dieback?
How about now?
Cut back to living tissue…
So what to do with a tree that has layered itself? I had to ditch the initial plan of a decent-sized mica pot and accept any real development would need to be put off for at least a year while the roots recover. I didn’t think cutting them off would be wise, so I applied a wire to girdle the bottom section. Hopefully that will stem the tide.
Then, I combined them as planned, but in a much deeper container.
And with a little luck they’ll recover…
Fast-forward another year to March 2020, and here we are.
A little wiring to spread out the branches…
And on to the repot.
Good enough. Potted low in the pot for now:
And we’re set for another year: