My JBP has "hips" on the lower trunk

Safe to remove the raffia and replace with cut paste on the cut areas! Allow recovery and lots of growth for the next season or two. Wether it is in the ground or a grow box, allowing the tree to strengthen and grow out will do the most good at this point. Even better if it can be done without disturbing the roots too much.

I finally have some photos of the “JBP WITH HIPS”; NOW WITHOUT HIPS.

Tree appears healthy as shown by bud production.