I have a few questions on this Elaeagnus, but I’ll give you the history first.
I collected this tree early this spring before the growing season, on about March 12th. I cut the main trunk and first large branch before collection, leaving no actual growing branches, only the trunk and a hope for back-budding. Before potting I completely washed the root mass, reducing large roots all the way around the trunk, and I also trimmed away the base/tap root until it was flush with the bulk of radial roots. I potted into an overly large box, knowing that it will take some time and serious growing to build branches that are in scale with this size of trunk. It’s planted in straight pumice.
June 14th, are the next set of photos. You can see several small branches, and new buds emerging in numerous locations.
Fast-forward to now, mid July, and the tree is growing like crazy. I only used liquid organic fertilizer up until about a week ago, when I finally got around to placing cakes near the base. The largest new branch is over 26" long, and nearing 1/2" thick. As you can see, there are multiple branches emerging from each budding point.
My intention has been to leave the tree alone for this entire year. And that is still my intention, unless it will be unwise to leave it until next year.
So here are my questions:
It’s growing so strong, should I do any branch selection? I don’t think we’ll see any harmful bulging this year, but will it hurt to reduce the number of branches to the one’s I’d like to keep.
With branches already becoming this thick, should I add any movement, or will they still be flexible next year? They are still soft and fleshy. How does that affect wiring?
Anything else I should think of, or know about this species?
Thanks in advance!