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BonsaiEngineer1493

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Trimming
« on: April 10, 2014, 07:04 PM »
Hey,

My main worry is an inner bud on the trunk of the tree that I want to preserve to be a  potential future branch. The tree is full of new leafs everywhere with really long new shoots. Basically, the canopy is really dense now. Therefore, the leaves or eventually shade off the bud and kill it.  Peter Adam's book mentions pruning back to two pair of leaves after the new growth has made about three to four pairs. However, I know that the condition of the leaves is important to consider too. I read and heard that leaves should be harden off before being pruned back. The leaves on my tree are still soft. I attached a picture of the maple.

Thanks
Nick
 

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Re: Trimming
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2014, 09:13 PM »
... My main worry is an inner bud on the trunk of the tree that I want to preserve to be a  potential future branch.

Where the leaves are very dense, you can remove one of every pair to let light into the inside of the tree (and if that is not enough, cut each of the remaining leaves in half) while you let it grow for about a month longer (my recommendation) before you cut it back as your book suggests. This cut back will stimulate back budding and may release the bud you are concerned about.