Stewartia monadelpha

Hi there,

I have bought this Stewartia monadelpha last winter and after an initial repktting it survived long and hot italian summer.

Now the question is where to cut back in order to stimulate new growth next year.
Should i cut leaving one or two buds, can i cut leaving no visible buds?

Cut now or waiting for next spring?

Thank you for your advices

Luigi

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Looks like you did a great job watering this summer!

Now is a good time to prune stewartia. You can cut back to buds, but I don’t expect new shoots to form where there are no buds.

If you want the tree to thicken, you can leave it alone and let it grow freely.

My friend Andrew just wrote an article about stewartia at a similar stage of development:
https://www.rakuyobonsai.com/post/nursery-series-stewartia-part-1

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Thanks Jonas, love your help and the article at Rakuyo.
I’ll do some pruning next weekend.

Luigi

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