First and foremost, thank you everyone for your kind words on my first post about my "Red Dragon". With that being said, I had a few more questions that I can't answer, even from scouring the internet, so...
1. My planted "Red Dragon", it's about 3 ft tall but 3ft wide, just planted it three weeks ago. My question(s)... I saw online that it's too late to prune, but also too early? So...
- When do I structural prune? Now? Summer? Winter? I saw some saw Structural in the winter as it's dormant and then prune fine branches in the Spring.
2. As for it being planted in the ground and if I CAN'T prune it, can I wire it accordingly? Like bonsai? As I'm a bonsai enthusiast. I was wondering if it's acceptable to wire a tree that is planted in the ground to help it grow accordingly until winter when I "could" structural prune it? I ask because it is a JUMBLE OF MESS. The branches are just chaotic.
3. I purchased a Emperor 1 yesterday from Lowe's in actually great condition and potted it for my patio. With that being said, I would obviously have to prune that tree as it is an avid grower, but it's in a big enough pot for I would say for 2-3 years. With that being said, even though it doesn't have a bonsai trunk, do you think I could wire that as well? Just being dilligent to check the growth rate as the Emperor 1 is a fast grower?
Just asking as if I can't prune, then I'd at least like them to grow into a starting shape for the time being.