Pruning Bottle Brush (Broom) Tree Care
There are many reasons why you might want to prune your bottle brush tree. You may wish to remove dead branches or leaves, or even just to make the branch less wobbly when it bends over. Whatever reason you have for wanting to prune your bottle brush tree, here’s what you need to know about pruning a bottle brush tree:
How To Prune A Bottle Brush Tree?
You will need a sharp knife with a long blade. If you don’t own one already, then you’ll probably have to buy one. You can use any kind of cutting tool; however, if you’re going to do it yourself, then a good pair of scissors would be best because they won’t scratch up the bark as much. You’ll also need some tweezers to help you hold the branch while you cut it off.
Once you’ve got all the necessary tools, it’s time to get started! First, take a look at these pictures so that you know where everything is located.
Picture 1: The base of the tree. You want to keep this area free from roots and branches because this is where your new branch will grow out from. Picture 2: The top part of the tree.
You want to remove any roots that might be wrapped around the trunk of the tree. You also should be removing branches that are crossing or rubbing against one another. The branches need room to grow and rub together, or they will not develop properly
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the proper way to prune your bottle brush, it’s time to get started! Start by cutting away any dead wood. This is wood that is already turning grey or brown and is no longer green.
After you’ve done that, it’s time to start thinning out the branches. Cut back any branches that are growing in an odd direction or crossing another branch. Leave at least two branches growing out from each node. This will result in more surface area growing out of each node and will help your tree develop a fuller canopy of foliage.
Arrange the branches the way that you want them to grow and trim away any branches that are not going to be in that arrangement. For example, if you want the top of your tree to be short and wide, then trim away any lower branches so that the tree is just a tall narrow column of foliage.
Once you’ve done all of your pruning, cut the tips of the branches that are longer than you want them to be. Do this by slicing the tip at a forty-five degree angle. This will make your tree look fuller when it grows out.
If you want, you can also take a piece of sand paper or a nail file to the ends of the branches to make them look frayed. This is what will make your tree look full when it grows out.
The final step is to spray your tree with water everyday so that it doesn’t dry out. Also, make sure that it has plenty of sunlight so that it can photosynthesize and grow.
Have fun tending to your bottle brush!
If you want to grow some more trees but don’t want all the hassle of caring for them, then I’d suggest going out and getting a few potted trees. Those are really easy to take care of and you can put them on your porch or in other places around the house without much effort. Plus, they already have the dirt and fertilizer taken care of for you!
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