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The turtle and the hare 11 months 3 weeks ago #59343

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I see a lot of people enthousaistically get started. Shrubs a re pulled from gardens. In a few weeks time, plants are trunk chopped. Remptted, defoliated and wired. And repotted again. And chopped again. Please keep in mind the http://read.gov/aesop/025.htmlstory of the turtle and the hare

Only do major actions on healthy plants. If you dig up a tree, do not do anything after the initial chop and potting for at least a year, often longer. After a good wiring and pruning job, it is not time to repot. Defolation is only needed on plants with a full head of foliage, that is so dense that innerr banches start to die off.

Although it feel counter-intuitive, working slowly with large intervals will give you faster results. Defoliating a living but weak tree might result in branch dieback, whereas that same tree in optimal health may through buds everywhere. I have seen this time and again, also on my own trees. Top health makes for fast development. THis includes letting the plant grow for a year after major work has been done.
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The turtle and the hare 6 days 11 hours ago #68323

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I have a lovely azelea that Im eyeing up and taking your advice I will simply pot it first and leave it for a year. I will take off the flowers when they go over but thats it.

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The turtle and the hare 5 days 9 hours ago #68398

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Did you know that turtles eat bonsai?
No?
So know you know.

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