Love/Hate Relationship with Vacations

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We recently went up north to Michigan to be a part of my little brother’s wedding, he is the baby of family so I had to make it. He’s always been a lot of fun, he had been dating his fiance for four years and it was great to get to be there for his wedding.

It was also an excuse to introduce my girlfriend to my parents and to the rest of my family. We had such a great time. I got to forget about plants for a full week. However, the plants did not forget that rain and a good amount of heat equals a crazy amount of growth.

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So many of the trees grew almost a full foot since we were gone. Others had full blooms of flowers that I hadn’t seen in a year, others had grown into the wire which now needs to be removed.

Basically going on vacation when you own a nursery is wonderful because you get to reset your mind but at the same time it gives you a lot more work when you get back. Being able to keep up with it would have resulted in smaller leaves, tighter inner nodes, and more ramifications. But a lot of these have grown to huge proportions and now we have to cut them off and start over.

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It did give the trees a bit of a break though. When they can grow more leaves they can be more vigorous and will back bud a lot better for us when we do trim them. But ugh, the work. It’s safe to say that the next few weeks are going to be very busy here at the nursery.

The other issue with having them grow so fast is that when the top grows so fast the roots grow fast and then there’s a possibility that they can become pot-bound once the rains stop. So it’s important to trim them out and make them look like a tree again and not like an overgrown shrub.


Here’s a tree I just finished re-styling.  Speaking of, we just had our July beginners class yesterday and now it’s time to get back to trimming.


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