best way to prune - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by c1213estrada
July 31, 2010
i have an esperanza and a pride of barbados they are growing in to shrubs but would rather have them grow into trees how can i do that

Answer from NGA
July 31, 2010
Choose a single upright stem - the biggest and healthiest one - and prune everything else down to ground level. Each time a new sprout develops from the roots, prune it down. With the stem you've saved, strip all the leaves and branches from the bottom two thirds of the plant. The remaining topgrowth will be the canopy of your tree. As the stem grows, rub out any sprouts that develop and remove the lowest branches but leave the top third full of branches and stems. Repeat as the plant continues to put on height. In a few years the bottom of the stem will become woody and no new growth will appear along the trunk - all the new growth will be at the top of the plant. Good luck with your project!

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