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Young Baobab Advice Needed

KP Devlin
5 months ago

I've got a young baobab growing in an 8" pot in an east facing window sill. I've had the plant for about 5-6 years now. It is about 20" tall, and every spring it puts out a nice growth of new leaves at the top, which lasts till November or so, then the leaves yellow, drop and I stop watering until spring when the new leaves begin to show again. The trunk is still very skinny and flexible, and this year the plant has started to bow from the weight of the leaves at the top. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to cut the tree back at this point. Perhaps that would encourage branching and maybe even help the trunk to thicken? It certainly seems to be doing well, but it would be nice to not have to stake it in order to keep it upright. And if I cut it back, does it matter much where I chop it?

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