Thursday, 12 May 2011

crazy oak

Look at the size of that leaf. In a few years time i will have to learn how to reduce the leaf size. For now i want it to fatten up and ramify.




These shoots can grow over an inch per day. Maybe my one acorn was a freak. I shall find out as the next 4 get growing.









You can see where Ive optimistically wired the base of all these shoots to set them off in the right direction.










I'm a little off piste with these - but i guess if i get 10 flushes of growth and it doubles in size. Well what can i do?  Most seem to find them slow growing. I do hope Leonardo was right and that as i increase the ramification and twig thickness the trunk will respond similarly. So far it has grown very well - i estimate a 25% increase in girth at the base so far. The bark isn't great - or there at all - but no 4 year old tree will have good bark - that comes later.
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