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tomster

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Poor ramification on my acacia tree
« on: October 03, 2016, 03:09 PM »
 When I cut a branch on New wood or Old wood it always grows back one branch I can't get it to either bud back or break two branches any suggestions
 

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Re: Poor ramification on my acacia tree
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2016, 09:12 PM »
I've no experience with Acacia, but in general, get a tree healthy and growing vigorously before you prune.  After pruning if it doesn't backbud, ...maybe it doesn't.
 
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Re: Poor ramification on my acacia tree
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2016, 03:00 AM »
Hi Tomster

What type of acacia are you busy working with?

Till then maybe this will help.  I have quite a few Acacia Burkei (Black monkey thorn) a Acacia galpinii (Monkey thorn) and an Acacia karroo (Sweet Thorn).  The sweet thorn is a very tempremental tree and has incredibly die back.  One day a branch is healthy and growing and the next day dead.

The best time to prune on Acacia is when the buds start to break. 

As you will see from the 2 pics that I have attached how is best to prune them.

Pic 1.  The branch on this acacia was left to grow out and thicken up.  But it had no movement or taper.  I have circled all the buds.

Pic 2.  The branch was cut right back to the first bud on the branch.  As you will see I left a small nub.  Acacia suffer dieback and cutting too close to the bud may kill the bud and have the branch die back to the next bud.

The new growth that will shoot out from the bud will be strong and healthy and great more buds to help work on your ramification.

Also what I learnt with working on Acacia is to remove the tap root on it.  If the tree is very young, it is easy to cut it back.  If the tree is old and the trap root well established it needs to be done over a few years little by little till totally removed.  Also by getting it into a growing pot and letting it grow freely for a season or two allows the tree to throw many more buds and branches.

I hope that helps.


 
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Re: Poor ramification on my acacia tree
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2016, 03:59 PM »
 I believe it's a sweet acacia tree
 

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Re: Poor ramification on my acacia tree
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2016, 02:25 AM »
Hi Tomster

Very difficult to say with the picture.

But have a look at this link.  It could help you out if it is a sweet Thorn

http://lennardsbonsaibeginnings.blogspot.co.za/2012/11/acacia-karroo-leaf-stalks-as-twigs.html

http://lennardsbonsaibeginnings.blogspot.co.za/2013/08/defining-acacia-flat-top-style.html
 
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Re: Poor ramification on my acacia tree
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2016, 08:43 AM »
Thank you so much great information