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Aussie Bottle Brush - little dazzler but - the chop!

tui34tui34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 2,317
Hello.  I have a 2 and a half year old bottle brush which is putting on a lovely show at the moment.  When all these flower have died off - in the Autumn, I would like to start to prune it into a tree.  I have taken a photo of the base, as I seem to have 4 main trunks (there's one younger one which will go) and I deem 2 would get the chop - but which 2?  Could anyone help me, please?
A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,674
    The aim is to turn it into a sort of standard or half standard?

    Well, the stem on the right has a couple of snags on it, so I’d take that one off. One seems to be growing more horizontally so, unless you can strap it to a pole and persuade it to vertically, I’d take that one off.

    After that, I dunno. 🙂
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • tui34tui34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 2,317
    edited May 2020
    Thank you, Pansyface - it's a start!In fact, I could probably stake that middle one now and attach it;  the ground is saturated due to heavy rainfall the past few days.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • tui34tui34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 2,317
    edited May 2020
    @pansyface
    I have planted a sturdy bamboo stake around about where that white stone is, and tied the two trunks on either side of it.  Come Autumn, I shall snip the 2 back left ones ground level.  Thank you very much for your opinion.  2 heads are better than one!!
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,674
    Two heads are better than one? Don’t tell that to the bottlebrush.😁
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • tui34tui34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 2,317
     :p 
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

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