Mesquite Trees

Hi, I have a few mesquite trees in 8" pots that I started from seed last year. I know that's unusual, but it's a small way to have a little bit of the southwest here in Boston. They are now a year old, and about 1.3 feet tall. Here's my question. Each has five or six branches emanating from the central stem, and they are a little rangy. If I were to cut the branches back maybe halfway on each, would the trees be likely to become bushier, or would it be harmful to them? Is there such a thing as bonsai mesquite? (Only half joking.) If pruning or cutting back is good, is this, just before what I would guess might be a dormant period, the right time to do so? Thanks for any thoughts on this, Ed
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Well, mesquite are usually multi-trunked and I have them coming up all over my yard from seed. The one I have is very old and it makes a ton of seed pods. I allowed one of the saplings to live and in one year it great almost 8 feet. However, it does have multi-trunks. At first, the foliage reached the bottom of the plant, but as it ages it "cleans" itself and takes on more of a tree form. You may have something there about bonsai, but you may have to do some research on that.
I have had a whole side of a mesquite tear off from a storm and within a few weeks branches were growing up where the trunk ripped off. So, I would say before it breaks in spring, give it a try. I think if you provide adequate full sun and as much heat as possible by allowing them to grow in front of a south facing wall where it gets hot, the trees will get bushier on their own.
Victoria
Need a good, cheap, knowledge expanding present for yourself or a friend? http://www.animaux.net/stern/present.html
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Thanks for the info. Ed
:>Hi, :>I have a few mesquite trees in 8" pots that I started from seed last year. I know that's :>unusual, but it's a small way to have a little bit of the southwest here in Boston. :>They are now a year old, and about 1.3 feet tall. :>Here's my question. Each has five or six branches emanating from the central stem, and :>they are a little rangy. If I were to cut the branches back maybe halfway on each, would :>the trees be likely to become bushier, or would it be harmful to them? :>Is there such a thing as bonsai mesquite? (Only half joking.) :>If pruning or cutting back is good, is this, just before what I would guess might be a :>dormant period, the right time to do so? :>Thanks for any thoughts on this, :>Ed : Well, mesquite are usually multi-trunked and I have them coming up all over my : yard from seed. The one I have is very old and it makes a ton of seed pods. I : allowed one of the saplings to live and in one year it great almost 8 feet. : However, it does have multi-trunks. At first, the foliage reached the bottom of : the plant, but as it ages it "cleans" itself and takes on more of a tree form. : You may have something there about bonsai, but you may have to do some research : on that.
: I have had a whole side of a mesquite tear off from a storm and within a few : weeks branches were growing up where the trunk ripped off. So, I would say : before it breaks in spring, give it a try. I think if you provide adequate full : sun and as much heat as possible by allowing them to grow in front of a south : facing wall where it gets hot, the trees will get bushier on their own.
: Victoria
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

When they get bigger use the wood for BBQ.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Site Timeline

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.