The Q&A Archives: Ficus and Flowering Plum Tree

Question: My tree was little when I planted it and it's grown about 3 ft now and I don't know how to prun the tree I wanted it to cover my front porch how do I keep the fullness and not just chop it off by mistake. and also I have a flowing plum tree in the back yard two of them side by side and I don't know where to start to trim it. I leave in a moblie home park and the tree's can't get to high so this tree is special to me and I don't want to just chopped it up. This tree was planted when I had to put my cat to sleep in honor of him. Please help. Mahalo Ms. Lee

Answer: You can keep both your ficus and your flowering plum small and compact by carefully trimming them each year. You can cut back each branch by 3-6" on your ficus and it will get bushy and nice. You can do the same with your plum tree. By cutting each branch back by just a few inches you'll keep it looking healthy and happy and you'll be able to keep everything small so it won't outgrow it's planting space.

Best wishes with your trees!

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