Hong Kong Orchid re-pugged by wind!
As some of you may remember I pugged my Hong Kong Orchid tree this spring. It responded vigorously. Here is what it looked like last week:
It was growing very rapidly and was about 15' tall.
Well, today, nature decided to pug it for me again. Here is what it looked like when I came home from work today (that tall bare stick is the support pole):
Judging from the flattened look of the rest of the foliage in my yard, must have had some big wind bursts. The trunk of this tree was snapped off at about 6'.
So here's my question - what to do now? I want this to grow into a large avenue tree, so I need to induce it to send up a new sprout to be trained into the central leader. Obviously I need to make a clean cut. But should I prune off the remaining branches so all energy will be channeled into growing new shoots? Or should I leave the branches to give the tree some energy and see what it does? If I don't take off the branches, I'm worried they will do all the growing and I won't get a good bud candidate for a central leader. But if I do take off the branches, will I deprive the tree of too much energy? I'm leaning toward taking off the branches since the tree responded ok to that earlier in the year...but I can't decide tonight.
Puglvr, any advice? You are the pugging genius after all=)