Does anyone prune by knocking off "unwanted" buds before they leaf out?

Discussion in 'Maples' started by Shishi, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. Shishi

    Shishi Active Member

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    Instead of waiting for the buds to leaf out on my main trunk and then cut them off later on, has anyone just removed the buds on unwanted areas before they leafed out?

    I figure if I removed the buds, i wouldn't have to cut the unwanted branches off later on and the save energy from leafing out can be redirected to other parts of the tree.

    Not sure if my thinking/logic is correct?

    Just wanted to know if that is a good practice or not as I am still new to maples, especially pruning.

    Thanks in advance for your replies.
     
  2. alex66

    alex66 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Pruning method for me is different from maple to maple, platanoides , palmatum ,saccarum
    etc .for every I prune different ;which maple have you?Temperature ? min/max.
     
  3. Dr. Cindy

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    I have been told by nursery staff who specialize in Japanese maples that you can certainly "rub off" the buds as you are suggesting. It makes logical sense to do this, as you stated, especially if they're popping up on the main trunk.
     
  4. kaydye

    kaydye Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I have always done this with my maples. I just rub by hands over the trunk/stems when I see new sprouts coming out where I don't want them, especially below the graft. It just seems the easiest thing to do, especially with some that grow more "twiggy" for me like A.palm. 'Butterfly'.
     
  5. Shishi

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    Dr.Cindy and Kaydye: Thanks for the replies, I just wanted to get a reassurance that doing so will not harm the tree in any way.
     
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    It's done all the time in bonsai to avoid the scars and bumps that might result from unwanted growth.
     
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    Sure , this works well I also do this on my crape myrtle to send the energy to upward branches.
     
  8. Shishi

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    Thanks for all the replies and the reassurance.
     
  9. Gomero

    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I fully agree with the answers as long as the buds are not terminal. Removing terminal buds may result ( and I insist 'may' not 'will') in branch dieback.
    I know the question was on lateral buds but 'just in case' some readers may be tempted to generalize.

    Gomero
     

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