Hi folks and Happy New Year!
I have a question about trunk development in Ume’s (Japanese Apricot). I’ve got 3 Ume’s - one Beni Chidori, one Omoi-no-mam and and unnamed seedling. The Beni is in a pot on my bench -it grows out well during the spring and summer but often dies back over winter. Going to try getting it in the ground this year to see if that helps.
The other two are both in pots and are growing well but I dont know if I’m training them correctly as they are rather shrub like with quite a few branches growing out of the main trunk. I read an article somewhere that advises the removal of all growth from the trunk to keep it clean and scar free. This seems sensible to me, but by doing this aren’t you losing the opportunity to help grow the trunk with the use of sacrifice branches?
So my main question is - What is best for developing the trunk on a Ume?
1). Leave side branches on and just leave it to grow and get bushy until the trunk reaches the thickness you want and then remove all side branches back to the trunk?
2). Remove all side branches and just leave the leader to grow until the first part of the trunk reaches the thickness you want?
3). Another strategy?
Do Ume back-bud from the trunk? If you do a trunk chop and take the trunk back so there are no side branches, will the trunk produce buds from which you can choose a new leader?