Why is leaf output low? - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, Ca
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Question by ronny10
June 8, 2010
Patient : 6 year old ornamental plum. Problem Leaf output is low , but the leaves it has look healthy. How do I get this plum to fill-in?

Answer from NGA
June 8, 2010
You should be able to encourage your tree to grow more foliage by pruning it back a little. Pruning prompts the development of new stems and leaves and light pruning can help the canopy of your tree thicken up. I'd shorten the branches in a random pattern, making some branches shorter than others. You will see new stems emerge - usually 2 stems for every cut you make. These new stems will leaf out right away and increase the bulk within the canopy of the tree. You may want to do a little pruning on an annual basis so your tree will fill in and remain that way. Best wishes with your plum!

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