I have the opportunity to purchase a rather large, upright, multitrunk Hinoki and I have some questions on what techniques are appropriate. It’s not a bush, in fact there isn’t as much foliage as I’d expect on a healthy tree of it’s size. It’s been in its nursery pot too long is my guess, and may need root work and more space in a good soil mix for root growth to drive more foliar growth before any major work could be done. The video on Hinoki Aesthetic is verey helpful.
Can you wedge cut trunks on hinoki?
Can we air layer Hinoki? How is the relative success rate for Hinoki vs other species? Are the odds of success lower with an air layer lower on the trunk vs just a branch, leaving the rest to grow?
Can we raffia Hinoki branches?
How rigid or flexible is Hinoki?
Can we remove up to 50% of the tissue to remove tension or compression to bend a hinoki branch like a Juniper, or is Hinoki not as responsive to that technique?
Can we perform live vein reduction on a Hinoki and see it heal like a Juniper?
Would Summer or Fall be the best time for flexibility?
What pitfalls are there for hinoki?
Thanks for your time!