I just got this jwp ‘Aoba jo’. Yes it has a big 'ol graft at the base - but I like using funky grafts to advantage in the design. I have 2 questions.
That nasty but interesting graft I am hoping to turn into a first branch. One of the pics shows the branch I would use for an approach graft, or I could harvest a tip from the top to do a more normal scion/slip graft. Any thoughts about the best way to do this - timing, method etc. I live in Rochester, NY so winters are severe.
Secondly the sacrifice branch is thick enough that it needs to go. Should this be done now (Oct 31), or should I trim off all but the top whorl and do it in March? Any advice would be appreciated.