I picked up this piece of material a couple days ago and I’m looking for some input to maximize the health of the tree going forward and set myself up for success.
My goal is to grow the primary trunk a little thicker and cultivate some more options for branching from this trunk and the branches that are already present. The collection box is falling apart so my plan was to get it into a slightly larger one in early spring and back fill with 100% pumice. The previous owner has undertaken some styling however I feel I need more options and more branching, particularly since I want to thicken the trunk. I was therefore going to let the whole tree put on as much growth as possible throughout the growing season post repot. I am a little concerned about longer internodes on the existing branches as buds are set mostly at the tips from what I can see. Any insight into operations I should be doing in addition to just letting it grow would be great! I’ve watched all of the redwood streams and think I understand reasonably well the pruning techniques along with timing but am curious as to how some of them may apply in this situation so as to not end up with a leggy, overgrown mess!