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Schefflera

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Jeff Lahr:
This is a tree that I bought at Home Depot hardware store last winter. The first photo is the tree as purchased. The second photo is the tree before I worked on it this afternoon. The final photo is after working on it. There are a few obvious straight trunks that could not be bent. I'm pretty sure a new branch will pop up closer to the base and allow for more movement.

Rick Moquin:
The only way sheffleras are going to grow branches where there is none is to chase the foliage back with pruning. That is how these trees are styled.

bonsaihunk:
Nice work with your tree.
I also find that once your tree has recovered and is healthy and growing well, defoliation and removal of all the terminal buds will result in many back buds. I also wire my Schefflera but this must be done by wiring and bending the branches only a little each day. Over a few weeks a branch can be bent a fair amount.

Jerry "Bonsaihunk"

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