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Callicarpa Japonica Summer Pruning

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

This tree has to be pruned regularly throughout the summer to maintain its shape. The leaves on the secondary branches are formed in pairs and each pair of leaves produces a new extension shoot at their union. To keep the tree in shape I prune all extension shoots back to the first pair of leaves. Flowering shoots are also produced at the point where the leaves connect with the secondary branches. I re-potted the tree in the spring but unfortunately it fell off the bench and the original pot was smashed. I’ve re-housed it in this green glazed drum pot as a temporary measure until I can have a more suitable pot made.

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This is how it looked before work commenced this morning

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And this is how it looks at the moment

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For over a year now, I have been feeding this tree with tomato fertiliser to try and encourage…

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