thanks very much for your replies, my apoplogies for the delay in getting back to you.
Taffy, it wasn't till you pointed out the low soil level did it I notice it, so that was corrected on the weekend.
i took the safe bet and cut back to the 1st set of leaves on each, and if it survives that, then i will be more adventous next year.
Alpine, can i clarify, these are essentially 'cuttings' from an Elm? as they appear quite large, an inch? an inch and a half across?
may i ask what preparation you do with them before planting? is there and angle of cut? do you use rooting hormone?
i am intrigued.
Can i also ask you both, regarding Corky Bark Elms, is it true that due care should be taken with the handling or the Cork Bark will shed and not grow back? and i confess, its for this reason for the lack of severe cutting back.
I look forward to hearing from you,