Pugged Hong Kong Orchid
Not a fruit tree, but thought you might enjoy my first attempt at "pugging" a tree.
Despite the weather being a bit iffy, I couldn't hold my Hong Kong Orchid dormant any longer. It was sending out new shoots all over the place. So I went for a drastic shaping prune. When I bought it, it had been tipped over in the nursery too long and a side branch had become the dominant shoot. Not an ideal specimen, but it was the only one small enough to fit in my car=) So this year I am going to attempt to make a nicely formed tree out of it. So here we go:
The "before" note the side shoot that is bigger than the main trunk, and the very spindly main trunk that is 6+ feet tall:
And the "after" - I made the pruning cut at about 3'. Just below the side shoot that was too dominant, and above a very well placed new sprout that I will train to become the new central leader.
My hope is that I can channel all the growing energy this season into creating a well formed trunk.