Training Acer Ryusen
Hi guys! I recently bought an Acer Ryusen and I'm not sure how to train it taller. There was a beautiful speciman that was already 4ft tall but I chose one that was slightly smaller. If I want mine to grow taller I understand that I need to train it. From what i read they can grow to 12ft. The problem is that the leader (or what I think is the leader) is already very stiff and I cant bend it to stake it taller. There is only one branch at that top that I can bend but it is rather small. Is this what I'm supposed to train taller? Do I bend that branch straight up and tie it to the stake? If I leave it as it is will the plant get any taller or will the branches just grow along the ground like some of the photos I've seen where this plant is used as groundcover. Both styles are beautiful and if I can't make this one taller I will go back and buy the other also but I'd like to know exactly how to train this one. Thanks in advance :) PS, feel free to explain in remedial basic instructions bc I am quite confused about this!
The branches you see in the pic are vey stiff. If I bend them up I'm afraid they will snap. Only the pencil thiN Branch is bendable at this point.