On plant­ing

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Growing -

Cut back to about 1m high, just above a lat­eral bud, to stim­u­late branch de­vel­op­ment and to com­pen­sate for root dam­age. We didn’t cut back hard enough in the first year and strug­gled to get strong lead­ers.

If there are no de­sir­able branches, cut back all side branches to one bud. Then wait. In the first grow­ing sea­son rub off any shoots aris­ing from the stem and pinch any tips not needed for limbs.

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