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Pruning is necessary and will vary in intensity and frequency according to rainfall and fertility of the planted areas. The goal is to produce a knot-free wood, pruning up to 6.5 m of stem. Pruning should always be taken lightly, avoiding the removal of more than 30% of leave volume in the form of tree branches. Basically one needs 3 periods of light pruning during the implementation phase, the first prime pruning should be done at approximately 7 months, the second pruning of lower branches at 19 months and high branches pruning at 31 months. The cuts must be made very close to the trunk, avoiding injuries to the bark.

BV 1121 clone at 2 years of age in a 3.5 x 3.5 m spacing.

Pruning at 18 months of age.

Other considerations

You may need to make a light prime session pruning of branches in some plants that bifurcate or remove thieve shoots at the base of the plants. This operation must be performed with PRUNING SHEARS after the drought onset. One MUST NOT prune leaves or branches of the plants off the situation described above, at the risk of causing serious damage to crops.

There are two pruning studies available on our website. To access their content, search at BV NA MIDIA/ARTIGOS.

Strictly speaking, the pruning operation should only be started when the plants reach the age of 16 months, doing the pruning operations as proposed by the Special Forestry Study Committee, ABNT EEC 103. You can find a version of the technical standard in, ABNT CEE 103. You can find a version of the technical standard in (projeto 103:000.00-003/01 – Florestas urbanas – Manejo de árvores, arbustos e outras plantas lenhosas – Parte 1: Poda). To find more on the subject, we suggest seeking more information at ISO/PC 287 Chain of custody of wood and wood-based products.

Bela Vista Forestry offers consultancy services for pruning the Australian cedar.

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