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Hi there, I recently bought a Chinese elm of you guys. The tree is great and is doing really well. I have one query the tree is expanded a lot over a 3 week period huge shoots have grown now I have done a lot of reading about my tree I have bought various tree books and in each book it explains prune only in early spring to encourage new growth. Now with it getting so out of control do I just leave the tree to its own devices and prune in early spring or do I prune the new shoots:/? I feed the tree on rain water although its indoors. I believe this enhances growth also please can you shine some light on mine and my trees situation
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Thank you for your e-mail.
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What you have read is incorrect.
The Chinese Elms grow all year, but faster in the spring.
You need to prune it when it needs it, to keep the shape.
If it is out of control please hard prune it , back to about 4 new leaves.
It will look bare to start with but will encourage new buds very quickly and will promote dense foliage pads rather than long straggly shoots.
Chinese Elms are great and respond really well to pruning.
Rain water is great but I would recommend feeding it once a week with bonsai fertiliser too.
Please bear in mind that if you hard prune your bonsai it will not require as much water initially,
I hope this helps
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