Pruning and repotting a clump fashion jabuticaba

For the final two years I’ve been working with a species that’s new to me – the jabuticaba (Plinia cauliflora). It’s a fruit tree native to Brazil that produces candy fruit in summer season.


Jabuticaba (also referred to as jaboticaba)

Once I don’t know a lot a few species, I are inclined to proceed with warning till I study a bit about the way it grows in my space. As a result of the species is native to heat climates, it grows considerably slowly in my backyard. I can anticipate between one and three flushes of progress over the course of the rising season between 2″-8″ lengthy.

The large query, for me, concerning the species is how nicely it buds once I in the reduction of previous wholesome foliage. To this point, it seems like I can get new buds to pop on outdated wooden, however not all the time the place I need the buds to interrupt (much like how oaks behave).

After doing minor cutback on and off over the previous two years, I used to be able to do a heavier cutback. Usually I made certain to depart wholesome foliage on the ends of the branches, however in a number of instances I in the reduction of into outdated wooden.

After pruning

After pruning

I’ll see how the tree responds to the work this 12 months with a watch in the direction of a a lot stronger cutback subsequent 12 months so I can take away various straight branches that aren’t an excellent match for the casual design.

One factor I’ve realized nicely concerning the species is that they’ll produce a whole lot of roots rapidly and so they love akadama. I repotted the tree final 12 months in a mixture of 80% akadama and about 20% pumice. Simply twelve months later, the roots had been so dense that it was difficult to take away the tree from the pot.

I eliminated about half of the foundation ball after which rinsed the roots to see what might need led to 2 darkish spots on the foundation ball. It turned on the market was some outdated soil on the middle of the foundation ball so I eliminated two wedge-shaped slices of roots to enhance drainage and provides new roots room to develop nearer to the bottom of the trunk. I’ll look to take away extra slices of roots the subsequent time I repot – hopefully in about two years.

After removing a wedge of roots

After eradicating a wedge of roots

A similar wedge on the back of the tree

The same wedge on the again of the tree

I used a bigger pot for the tree to stop the roots from drying out so rapidly and to assist the tree generate sufficient vigor so I can additional scale back the branches subsequent 12 months.

After repotting

After repotting – 47″

Jabuticaba like sunny publicity in my backyard so I returned to the tree to a sunny spot within the backyard the place I’ll begin fertilizing it in about three weeks.

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