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Vinegar trees like to grow tall. But that makes them look bald very quickly. But don't worry, you don't have to live with that. A pruning can work miracles here.If the vinegar tree becomes too bare on the inside, it must be pruned. The vinegar tree with its pinnate leaves that are colored in autumn is a real splendor for the garden. It grows easily and receives its beautiful crown even without a topiary. Every now and then, but especially if it is either bald or too high and bulky, a cut is necessary. Don't cut too much, because the vinegar tree likes to sprout from the cut and then becomes even more lush and tall.
What shoots and branches are cut in the vinegar tree?
If the tree looks bare in the lower and inner area, it means that all the power goes into the upper branches. Remove long shoots and cut away stunted and dried branches.
You also cut branches that cross. All in all, the tree is so far aligned that the individual branches are about 20 centimeters apart.
1 The interfaces are ideally three to five millimeters above one eye. Place the scissors at a slight angle. Caution: The vinegar tree often forms three or more new shoots from the cut.
2 Prevent the new shoot by sealing the cut areas with tree wax.
The vinegar tree, also known as the deer piston, is considered moderately toxic. As a precaution, wear gloves and eye protection when cutting.
The best time to cut the vinegar tree
Autumn is the ideal time to cut the vinegar tree. Spring is also suitable if the tree has not yet sprouted. Also examine the tree disc - the vinegar tree often drives powerful outriggers around the tree disc.
On this occasion: Take a look at the surroundings of the tree trunk, up to a few meters away. The vinegar tree is extremely hard-working and has very long roots that break through everywhere. The rhizomes are so strong that they can pierce pond liner and lift slabs or asphalt. Therefore, the location of a vinegar tree should not be near the pond or next to paths and paved areas. If you discover the root shoots early enough, you can easily pull them out - otherwise the tree with its rhizomes will quickly take over the entire garden.
Vinegar tree in a bucket: keep it in check with a regular cut
The vinegar tree grows very well in a large bucket. Here you can cut to your heart's content - he takes no offense. This gives you a lush, shrub-like tree that looks good on the terrace.