Oh No! This coast live oak did not listen to what I asked it to do!
I was hoping for two shoots near each cut site, would have been quite happy with one.
But this!?? One vigorous shoot in the crotch!
This is similar and following some of the techniques shown in the Bonsai Tonight blog on coast live oaks. There were many other cuts on this same tree which had a great response, 2-3 shoots very near the cut site, so overall a success.
I am presenting this for advice and so that others may learn from my mistakes and that I may learn and do better next time.
What could I have done better?:
Were my cuts too close to the fork?
Tree not vigorous enough?
just bad luck?
Now that I am here?:
I am thinking to let this shoot flush and harden but keep the old forked piece and hope it puts some new buds out there for the spring flush. If it doesn’t, then i’d cut back to the new shoot and start over with this branch.
I guess the other option would be to pinch this new shoot off now and hope the tree responds and gets the message on where the new buds should be!