Kyohime Growth

The little Kiyohime that I repotted a couple of weeks ago is growing with a vengeance. It’s a real delight to see the young and fresh new seasons foliage. I’m hoping for some back budding to fill in the lost branches. Once again time will tell.

In spite of the loss of quite a few branches because of a fall the tree is starting to fill out surprisingly well

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2 Responses to Kyohime Growth

  1. Jim says:

    When trees fire up from dormancy, a surge of cytokinins are sent to the branches from the roots. Cytokinins stimulate budding and leaf growth. Buds and leaves produce auxins which do a couple of important things. For one, auxins go to the roots and stimulate root growth (i.e., auxins are rooting hormones). The other is that auxins act as defoliants. This is why there is less foliage closer to the trunk and closer to the ground – higher auxin levels. So, it is easy to understand that if one wants back budding, one needs to reduce the auxin production – the biggest producers are at the branch tips.

    Pinch out the terminal leaves as they emerge to get back budding (from your picture it looks a little late now, but better a little late than never). Also thinning the leaves, like removing one of each opposing pair helps for two obvious reasons (i,e., auxins and light). The terminal buds, however, are the biggest auxin producers and the primary ones to get rid of if you want back budding.

    I apologize if I’m being pedantic – not my intention. It is just a simple model of trees that “makes it all make sense” for me (and maybe you too).



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