Callicarpa japonica (Winter Update)

Today, I defoliated the few remaining leaves on my chuhin Japanese beauty berry. This is how it looks at the moment.

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The plan over the next few months will be to thin out the new growth and wire in those new shoots that will be useful. The crop of berries are quite sparse this year and located mainly in the apex. The plan for the future will be to increase fruiting considerably. Based on my own experience with other fruiting species and information I have gleaned from the internet, it would appear that allowing the roots to become quite tight in the pot and slowing the growth rate by decreasing the nitrogen but maintaining healthy potash levels, is the way to go. I will give this a try next year but only time will tell if this will be successful.

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