In this article a different type of shaping, called clip and grow, is discussed.
As was touched upon last week, one must be vigilant with training wire to observe the tree and make certain that the growth of the branches does not become constricted by the coils of wire. Wire marks– depending upon their severity– can over time disappear on some varieties of trees. For other trees, it’s ruined permanently, and the only solution would be to cut off the branch and start training a new one, or change the design to incorporate this newly discovered ‘negative space’! (more…)