Chopping a maple for the first time?
Last autumn I bought a maple (A. palmatum) from Westonbirt, and though I knew at the time it wasn't very well-shaped the colour of the foliage was a very uniform deep red and it was holding its leaves longer than most of the others on display. It's still a young plant, and there's plenty of time to shape it. Here it is in all its whippy glory:
The bottom of the plant below that triple fork is a little over 1cm thick.
This is the work I'm planning on doing:
Remove the topmost shoot, plus the short thin one sticking out of the back (or I may leave that one for the moment). Air-layer the left side of the fork to try and get a second plant. Once that's either failed or succeeded, cut the stub down to the point where the plant can start to grow over the wound.
I have no plans right now for the right side of the fork. It probably also needs a trim, but I don't know where to cut it.
Does that seem fine? I've been doing a bit of reading on keeping trees in pots, but I have zero actual experience.