Defoliation Error?

Reply Mon 11 Jul, 2016 03:39 pm
I have a 7 year old Golden Gate Ficus that I've had only 3 months. After giving the tree time to settle in, I wanted to decrease leaf size and encourage back budding. I researched how to do this on line and settled on defoliation. The tree seemed healthy and was sending out a lot of new growth on top. I decided to start with the 4 lowest branches on the tree. So I snipped off the leaves on those lower 4 branches. But I mad a critical error and didn't snip the leaves off while leaving part of the bit that attaches the leaves to the branch. I took the leaves off all the way down to the branch. So now, after 4 weeks, the branches are still bare and show no sign of producing new leaves (smaller or larger). Any suggestions on how to get these now bare branches to produce new leaves?
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mark noble
Reply Sat 16 Jul, 2016 09:56 am
@Teena Brueggemann,
Prune terminal stem - Cover for 30 days with clear polythene sheet.
Reply Sat 16 Jul, 2016 11:23 am
@mark noble,
Interesting. I don't know anything about this, but what are the purposes of doing that Mark?

mark noble
Reply Mon 18 Jul, 2016 07:37 am
Pruning t-shoots develops horizontal (lower) growth in shrubs and trees.
Covering increases humidity which allows for optimal (above) - Same as cloning/cuttings.
30 days is a reasonable period for roots/shoots to develop in older plants.
I clone for 45-60 days - Equatorial shrubs can develop quicker.

And feeding 'Nitro/phospho, etc is detrimental to young spurtage.
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