pruning a tibouchina (Princess flower) - help me make the cut(s)!
Hello everyone, can you help me?
a) I have been given a tibouchina - about 10' tall and very airy/leggy, and leaning over a bit drunkenly.
b) It's been living in a full sun spot for several months now, in San Francisco, and flowering on and off.
c) I'd like to to be bushier.
d) I have pruning shears.
e) Here is a photo of it:
f) I'm volunteer gardening some CalTrans land just to beautify my neighborhood - I can't afford to scrap the plant and buy a new one.
Now, imagine you are me, standing in front of this plant on a damp San Francisco morning with pruning shears in hand, and heart pounding. Where do I cut?
Also any tips for getting it to stand up a bit strighter? Just gradually adjust the pole it's tied to over a period of months?
Thanks for your help!