OK, so I've purchased this nearly 5 foot Dawn Redwood, and potted it in a large pot for now. I was going to wait till spring and then trunk-chop it to about 20" or so.
The base of the trunk is about 2" and it tapers smoothly to the top.
The problem is, the lower (about 16") section of trunk is devoid of branches. So if I chop the trunk I will have a 2" "stick". Also the base has no nebari at all, and it's my understanding that because the lower branches have been removed, Redwoods will not develop the prominent base that is common to mature Redwoods. Also it is not likely to develop new branches on old wood.
Sooo. I was thinking about layering the trunk just below the existing lower branches, using the "Toriki" method.
I am thinking this would be a good way to develop a nice base/nebari as well as allow for development of the existing branches - and reduce the height of the tree.
I am curious if anyone here has used this method before, and could offer advice, or explain how it worked for them. Is spring the time for this, or is it better to do during dormancy?