I had in mind to lower the height of this tree by cutting off the top.
This tree originally had 2 aerial roots and I help developed a 3rd one with straw.
I fused the thickest aerial root in the middle with zip ties for a year so it will become part of the lower tree after I cut the top off.
top was severed and a soil change performed. Unfortunately the fused aerial root was mis-handled and snapped off. Should have protected it before the soil change.
This new tree will develop into an aerial root specialist and I might stick a big rock down the middle in a year or 2. Not sure where to find a suitable rock.
What's left of the original tree after raising it above the soil line to show more nebari root spread down below.
What I still have in mind for this 14 year old tree is just letting it grow out to fill in more. I have since raised the tallest side branch to be the new apex and removed the bare trunk that's sticking out. Pretty sure I will do a thread graft to create the lowest rightward branch just above the soil line on the out side of the bend. I was dissapointed I lost the fused aerial root for the lower tree but hopefully I can develop a new one down the road. Will post progress down the road.
I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.