Question: how to thicken pitosforo
Good morning, I have a problem with a pitosforo hedge that in the past has been pruned by eliminating all the lower branches and therefore it has grown a lot in height (about 3 meters), remaining completely bare up to a height of about 1 meter. Is it possible to thicken the lower area again with appropriate pruning? I would like to obtain a compact hedge about 2 meters high over time. thank you very much and greetings
How to thicken pitosforo: Answer: how to thicken pitosforo
the pitosfori they are shrubs that become very large (even small trees sometimes) very used for hedges, both because they give life to a dense and dense crown, and because they are very resistant and resist even to cold and drought, and you can prune almost everything year, except when the minimum temperatures are very cold.
In your case, more than pruning, you will have to remedy an incorrect pruning, or that had intentions different from those you have; therefore, in addition to pruning the pitosforo, you want the cuts to stimulate the vegetation in the lower part of the shrubs. Generally the simple topping of the pitosfori, or the removal of the upper part, favors the development of branches in the lower part, and in fact you can often admire beautiful pitosfori practically spherical.
To ensure that your pruning is more successful, I advise you to practice it in the spring, shortly after the plant has bloomed, so that it is in full vegetative growth, and responds better to the cuts, quickly producing new shoots in the lower part. The pitosfori are shrubs that tend to become very large and tall, so I warn you that, in order to keep the hedge below two meters, you will have to prune vigorously, and sometimes you will have to repeat the pruning in late summer or early autumn. Clearly, the cuts must be made with very sharp instruments, which cut with a precise and clean cut, without producing crushing or fraying of the wood; after each cut, clean the shear so that it does not act as a vehicle for fungal diseases; just get yourself a bottle of ethyl alcohol and a microfibre cloth, after cutting a branch, pass the cloth with alcohol on the shears, and repeat after each cut.