The thieving of the plant (lollipopping) could no longer be delayed. The Milky Way has been flourishing for almost 5 weeks and actually I’m late. I wanted to cut away the bottom third of the side branches to give more space to the upper parts of the plant. In this phase it means that some beautiful tops will be cut away. Too bad, but I think this will help the remaining tops. Thieving of trees is a common use by fruit growers. It produces more beautiful and bigger fruit in the remaining upper branches. This will make the harvesting of the peaks a lot easier. In addition, it improves air circulation in the Bonanza growth box, which also contributes to a better plant health. If you have already thieved your plant before the bloom you can use the cut branches to make clones. More about this another time.
After the plant is pruned it is time to bend the remaining branches out. You can do this in all kind of ways but the simplest way is to put a few bamboo sticks under a 70-degree angle into the pot when you work with just one plant. Do this carefully, when you feel stuck on a root, maneuver around it or choose another place. You can make the angle as big as you like while you stick into the pot, but in the Bonanza growing box I have no more space. When the plant is put back in the box, the tops of the sticks hit the walls of the box. The Milky Way has 4 big side branches that I want to bend out so I stick four sticks into the pot. I bind these side branches with iron wire to the sticks. Do not make the iron wire too tight around the branches. The branches will become even thicker and will be cut off by the wire. The branches of the plant are now outward. This allows the light to penetrate deeper into the plant and improve the air circulation in the Bonanza growing box.
Next week I am traveling. The next edition of the blog will therefore take a little longer than you are used to. The Milky Way will have a big step in bloom by this time, so this promises a few juicy pictures.
So continue to follow!
Text & photos: Gert
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