Here’s a brief update on an ume I’ve been working on since losing the top branches. After letting the tree grow freely through the growing season, now’s a good time for some cutback.
Before cutback – side A
Before cutback – side B
The goal at this point is to develop the basic branch structure. To do so, I removed two long shoots that emerged directly from the primary branch and shortened the remaining branches in an effort to stimulate back budding.
After cutback – side A
After cutback – side B
I plan to replace most of the lowest branch with a secondary branch further back but will wait for the replacement branch to develop before making the cut. In the meantime, I can continue to think about which side will become the new front. Here’s a closer look at the deadwood from both sides.
Deadwood – side A
Deadwood – side B
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