For many years, I have actually try out a variety of strategies to establishing ume. I have actually totally defoliated the tree in springtime, partly defoliated it, and also prevented defoliating whatsoever. I have actually allow it expand more powerful prior to trimming and also maintained it fit with normal trimming. To day, I have not seen a large distinction in exactly how the tree replies to these various strategies.
General I have actually located that ume create branch thickness promptly. After allowing the branches expand in springtime, I’ll trim in May, June, or July and also anticipate to see a brand-new flush of development create over summertime.
In 2014 I trimmed the tree in July however the tree really did not generate any kind of summertime fires. This made me assume the tree had not been as solid as it had actually remained in previous years so I allow it expand easily this springtime.
Huge brand-new shoots
Due to the fact that the tree had actually expanded so strongly this springtime, I’m trimming it on the very early side. As opposed to defoliating or partly defoliating, I’m merely reducing to 2 or 3 buds depending upon which method the buds factor.
After lowering– 16 ″
I’ll wonder to see if the tree creates brand-new shoots over summertime. I’ll be able to trim once more in autumn when the fallen leaves transform shade if it does.
In the meanwhile, I’ll sprinkle a growing number of as the temperature levels warm up and also feed the tree via summertime and also autumn.
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