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On May 6, 2012, which defoliated my Korean hornbeam. Here’s what it looked like after removing the leaves.
leafless – May 6 (the few leaves on the back belong to a branch exhaust)
One of my main goals to defoliate the tree was exposing the inner outbreaks more light (see Decandling one Korean carpe for details). When the inner buds get more light, they are become stronger. Make stronger internal buds creates a better balance between the inside and outside of outbreaks.
Of course, removing all the leaves of a tree is a very stressful procedure – for me and the tree! I had this tree for several years and know it’s in good soil and good health. I had some reservations about the health of the tree, I would not have defoliated him.
To follow the progress of the tree, I took pictures every two weeks for 10 weeks -. This is what happened
After two weeks, about half of the buds of the trees had begun to grow. What I found interesting about this is that inside – buds of previously weak shoots – were growing faster than the outer outbreaks. This surprised me and made me happy as expected by the procedure strengthen internal outbreaks, but had not predicted that would begin to be so strong.
two weeks later – May 20
two weeks later – May 20: Large NOTE outbreaks on the basis of this branch
two weeks later – May 20: interior buds lead the way
As there was not much foliage on the tree , dried out between waterings rather slowly, even in bright sunlight. He watered only when the tree was completely dry, maybe every 2-3 days, depending on weather.
Two weeks later – a month after defoliating – it became very clear that the tree was investing a lot of energy in these interior flare-ups. The tree looked uncomfortable at the moment, but growing rapidly.
4 weeks later – June 3
4 weeks later – June 3: observe leaves small inside
4 weeks later – June 3: clear shot of the buds on inner development ahead of the outer outbreaks
4 weeks later – June 3: even the apex is slow
the impulse that these inner buds show from the beginning takes you through the following weeks. Six weeks after defoliation, the tree was starting to fill up, and even the outer outbreaks now opens.
six weeks later – June 18
six weeks later – June 18: External buds begin to open
as the tree mark approached two months after being defoliated, strong new shoots began lengthening – a great sign of health. The tree was still not as complete as it was in May, however, that is not necessarily a bad thing. The gaps between the branches ensured that light reaches the interior buds -. The light needed to maintain these healthy buds
eight weeks later – June 30
was also at this time it became clear that some of the branches weaker did not. To prevent this from happening in the future, I can partially defoliate the tree, leaving the leaves of the weak branches alone.
eight weeks later – June 30: a victim defoliation
At this point, the strongest outbreaks were making much force, leaving the silhouette tree in places and rapidly accelerating – time to cut back
eight weeks later – June 30: the stronger the new release
changes the last two weeks were subtle. More outbreaks began to accelerate away from the silhouette, and the tree once again appeared complete, if not as complete as it appeared in the spring.
10 weeks later – July 14
10 weeks later – July 14: healthy growth new
10 weeks later – July 14: the longest shooting becomes longer
I’m happy, and somewhat relieved that the tree he recovered as well as it did. I’ll have a better idea of the overall effect on the tree when the leaves fall in autumn and I can get a good look at the inner branches. If all is well, you can try partially defoliating the tree next year. Meanwhile, I’ll keep watering and fertilizing and cutting multipliers buds are popping up everywhere.
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com