After nursing a handful of young Japanese maples back to health, I decided to plant them all in the same pot to create a small grove planting. I started by selecting a shallow pot and adding lots of wires.
The pot from below
Plenty of wires
Using lots of wires is useful for creating groves as the standard four-wire approach is rarely enough to hold all of the trees in place. Once the pot was wired, I worked on the roots.
After untangling the roots of the first two trees
All nine trees ready to go
Once the pot and trees are ready comes the tricky part – adding a tree or two at a time and wiring them down while making little adjustments to the whole. Fast forwarding a bit, here’s the result.
I’ll arrange the trunks a bit and continue to refine the group throughout the growing season.
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