Answer: For a more compact plant, snip off the terminal buds (tips) of the new sprouts during the early summer, Continue this practice for the life of the plant. Cut off winter injury and broken branches anytime. If the plant needs rejuvenation, cut back completely to the ground. But before you do this, fertilize heavily with cottonseed meal and manure a year or two before to help the plant withstand the shock. Do heavy pruning of this type in late winter or very early spring, because growth can start soon after.
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