What if you partially defoliate and the tree doesn’t respond? What’s the anticipated response time? Do I need to wait for next spring if it doesn’t do anything? Can I go through and further reduce each leaf and try to stimulate some action?
Based on my understanding from previous streams, I did the partial defoliation on a deciduous oak about 3 weeks ago. I just watched this weeks partial defoliation stream for reinforcement on the technique and concept and think that I did everything more or less correctly, with the possible exception of being a little timid on cutting off 70% of the each leaf.
So, the tree looks fine and happy but it does not appear to be preparing another flush. Ryan did caution that the defoliation scope needs to be done all at once, and also cautioned against the possibility that if you don’t cut off enough you won’t get the response.
So that’s where I am. Thanks in advance for any guidance!