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Have grown a White Sapote from seed 18 months ago, is now 3 feet high single stem. Would like to use as ornamental. Can I cut the stem at about 18 inches to encourage side branching, or would this kill the plant? It is very healthy in a square 12inchx12inchx11inch high pot.

Submitted: 08:28PM, 15 Jan 2016
Answer: Hello Lyn,

Your White Sapote would be best pruned during its most dormant period, which in most areas would be late winter. As long as there is a bud or two remaining on the stem for it to shoot from, I doubt you would kill the plant. I would also suggest you consider moving it to a larger container soon, as the tree develops further. You may choose to experiment with the existing container though, in an effort to ‘dwarf’ the form of the plant by restricting root development over the next few seasons. Feed sparingly with Yates Acticote Pots and Planters for best results in this case.

Kind regards,

Matt
Yates Consumer Advice Horticulturalist

Category: Vegetables & Herbs
Tags: pruning, Sapote
Answered: 04:24PM, 16 Jan 2016

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