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summer care for the Korean carpe is typically smaller cut, defoliant and / or pruning of leaves. As I completely defoliated tree last summer – something not necessarily recommend: see defoliating one Korean carpe for details – and repotted the tree in winter, I’m taking it a little easier this year. Reduced long shoots of between 3 and 5 leaves and larger leaves halves.
carpe Korea – May 2013
after reducing long shoots
Because the tree was still full after the cut, I tried to reduce the size of the larger leaves for more light inside the tree.
carpe sheet folded along the midrib
After making the cut
the cutting blade
As you can see below, the blade pruning makes a noticeable, but not dramatic effect.
branch before pruning leaves
After pruning leaves
full leaf pruning
the tree is still a bit on the full side, but that will do for this year. If strong enough tree next year, I will defoliate the outer branches as this is the best way to strengthen the interior of the tree.
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com