This is a Fagus sylvatica ball shape garden plant of about 35 years old. This plant was pruned in ball shape from the beginning, there are no cutting marks and we have a conical trunk.
Last April we decided to do an air layering from the upper part of the tree. Before we get temperatures below zero for a longer period we checked if we had enough roots. The sphagnum moss was completely full with young roots and the upper part was ready to be removed.
All he branches are growing to the outside close to each other. We do not need this wide volume and to remove the upper part from the main trunk we had to prune it back without any selection. Also the tree doesn’t need so much volume.
Now we have a clear view on the place just under the new rootball we have to cut it off.
With a chain saw we tried to cut as flat as possible because the tree has to stand on the cutting mark in his pot.
We potted the tree up in a very light mixture of good quality soil based on peat. Fixed it with wire all around. Tomorrow I am going to prune the tree in the right proportion. This will be about 80cm high, a perfect taper, a good balanced and natural branch structure from the lower to the upper part. Tomorrow I will also explain the next steps for the future and how much time it will take to achieve a perfect rootbase. This is raw material on his best for this variety, better than any yamadori you can find because you don’t have to deal with strong and thick roots not on the same height around the trunk. In case of yamadori most of the lower branches are died off or too weak. Finding this material is not easy, there is no owner of a beautiful garden with such kind of shapped plants that will give you permission to do an air layering on them. Such beautiful shapped plants are not cheap. I planted them in my garden especially for that purpose a long time ago. I only use that technique on extremely good material, it makes no sense to do an air layering on a plant with no good potential.
Are you interested in air layered quality trees we have 3 Juniperus, 1 Zelkova, 3 Maples and this Fagus for sale. Your project can be followed up here on workshops.