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Old 03-01-2014, 11:43 AM   #111
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Seven years. Interesting.
I wonder if "natural" fruit bearing trees take longer to produce and maybe there is a hybrid or engineered variety that produce more quickly... hmmm...
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Dad says anything that grows up can be trained into a tree. He is working on a rose tree, been at it for the last two years. He just picks the straightest limb and prunes back all the rest, trims off the lower twigs sticking out, the rose bush was about two foot high when he started working it.
You can train a bush or plant to look like a tree. But it will never really be a tree. It will be a bush that looks like a tree.
Many bush type plants will not get very tall. Its not in their DNA.
A rose bush shaped to look like a tree, is a rose bush shaped to look like a tree. Not a real tree.

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If you prune around and lop off anything that comes up around it, it will thicken the "trunk". Dad called the new shoots "suckers" because they suck nutrition from the main trunk you are trying to grow.
Suckers are nothing more than shoots trying to grow new branches. When you prune a tree, or you try to make a bush look like a tree, you remove these sprouts or suckers as some call them.
This gives the trunk a clean look.
This thread has reminded me its tree pruning time. Now is the time to prune. Before spring gets here.

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Seven years. Interesting.
I wonder if "natural" fruit bearing trees take longer to produce and maybe there is a hybrid or engineered variety that produce more quickly... hmmm...
They say 7 years here also for peaches. I am not sure about apples.
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