Aashna said:I have seen branches bifurcating without pruning like a "v" how does that happen?
either you prune it, or sometimes they will naturally create a V branch, and I possibly it is also in the genetic of some plants, I have 1 that have V branch, and later it also develop another V on top of the original V, will try to take some picture tomorrow
GigiPlumeria said:My experiment is about an article I read at Zenyr Garden that you can encourage branching without cutting by wiring/training the branches (bonsai like). Since I defoliated "Chickie" when I was trying to revive it, all stems are long and lanky with only few leaves and spent blooms are left on the tips. The branches are too new (growth this year) and if I prune Chickie, the branches will not be viable as cuttings. So here is what Chickie looks like now:
I will update a photo in 2 weeks if new growths will in fact grow from the leaf nodes of the bent branches. This is supposed to be safe process and faster growth of branches than pruning.
deepsouth said:to eliminate the "leggy" look ....cut every stem by half .... plant will bush out ...
the wire that is on there now - may do more harm than good ....bonsai type wire for bending branches is larger diameter and wont cut into "bark" ...if you re-do it - look for aluminum or copper wire - 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5mm diameter
GigiPlumeria said: Update Nov 25, since I pulled the "weights" and repotted to this pot it grew healthy leaves but there is not much sprouting on the upper branches as I would have expected. I think for the process to really work, I will have to cut the end tip, which I didn't want to do in the first place.