Thanks for the info.
:>I have a few mesquite trees in 8" pots that I started from seed last year. I
:>unusual, but it's a small way to have a little bit of the southwest here in
:>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
:>they are a little rangy. If I were to cut the branches back maybe halfway on
:>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,
: 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
: 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
: 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.