Summer wiring of live oak

I have a small coast live oak seedling that’s put out 3 flushes of growth this year and gotten really lanky - the care calendar from BSSF says I can wire the new growth now that it’s hardened off but it seems really stiff and inflexible already. Can I get pretty rough with it and force it to shape, or did I miss my window for flexible shoots?

Live oak tends to snap once they get too stiff, but it’s OK to use large wire and see if you can get the movement you’re looking for. If not, you can always cut the large shoots back now and possibly get another flush of growth (that you can wire with it gets big enough) this year.

sounds good! Live oak is pretty unintimidating, since you can always just try again next year.

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