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  • Pruning the apical bud

    If, after a tree has entered dormancy, one leaves the apical bud on the leader or side branches, will they usually resume growing when the tree wakes up in the spring?
    Salvatore - my students call me SC
    Zone 6a, SW Cleveland

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    Usually, not always. Figs do what they want.
    CJ in Memphis 7b/8a….tight eyes, nonsplitters...Pons figs, French figs, Mario figs & tasty Cali seedlings!

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    • #3
      Yes, assuming the bud isn't killed during the winter.
      Joe, Z6B, RI.

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      • #4
        It happens in different ways, but there is a point of view according to observations in the Nikitsky Botanical Garden that if a fig in the first year or two grows according to a monopodial type (like a sequoia), and in the following years the type of growth and branching changes to false-sympodial, with a change in the leading shoot to every branch every spring. This is so that in the summer there is a slight turn of the branches along the axis and the sun better illuminates the figs and falls into the depths of the crown.
        Андрей. N.-W. Кавказ, пень Абрау, 7б-8а

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