About two months ago, I removed most of the Spring growth from my root-over-rock trident maple (see “Refining Trident Maple” for details).
Trident maple – 4/1/12
Mild weather has produced moderate growth since then. The tree is again full and a few shoots are beginning to elongate beyond the general silhouette.
Trident maple – 5/25/12
To keep the branches from swelling, I’m removing vigorous shoots whenever I see them. The longest shoot on the tree is pictured below.
Vigorous shoot removed
Most of the shoots I removed were much smaller.
From past experience, I’ve found that this trident is often the first tree in the garden to dry out. To help the tree cope in warm weather, I filled a plastic saucer with pebbles that will provide a home for the maple through the summer.
Saucer with rocks and water
The pot nestled into the rocks
This technique is great for providing trees and accents with extra water when they need it. I keep most pots on top of the rocks to prevent them from staying too wet. Wisteria, on the other hand, like more water. For wisteria, I add fewer rocks to the saucer so the trees can get more water. Although saucers are no replacement for good watering habits, I find they help most when I’m not around to water as often as I’d like.
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