My small but dense Sweetheart Lychee tree
Hello everyone, so here are some pictures of my small potted Sweetheart Lychee tree. I love this tree like it is my own son. When I first got it about 2 years ago, it was very small and thin but had excellent proportions. I puposely chose a small tree that I could train. During the first year, I let the roots grow out and it grew vegetatively very slowly.
In the second year, I started forming the main tree branches by weighing down each of the three trifurcated main branches. I didn't use any support or brace for the tree because I knew that the wind blowing on the branches would eventually make it stronger.
I only gave it small amounts of organic fertilizer in the second year because I didn't want it to grow too fast because I am about to move. Several months ago, it started branching out like crazy and it is currently in its second flush. This second Summer flush is absolutely beautiful with almost no burnt tips. All my other previous growth flushes had serious burnt tips due mainly to being wind whipped by our frequent Santa Anna (very dry windy) conditions.
My tree is 3 1/2 feet tall and about 4 feet wide with branches out everywhere. I plucked off all the lower branches that were growing off the main trunk like Lycheesonline recommends. This should make it easier for me to mulch the soil beneath the canopy when the tree gets larger and leaving 2 feet of main trunk before the trifurcation is supposed to help the tree in windy conditions.
I hope to close escrow in a month or so and can't wait to finally plant this tree into the ground. I hope to get some fruit from it within 3 years.