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Cedrus Deodara – need your help (2 Replies)

Posted August 23, 2018 at 10:02 am

I recently purchased a few Cedrus Deodara from a lady who never planted them. Two of them were under some shade and so grew crooked to the sun. I have two questions.
1- In the fall can I crop off the top to help promote new growth that will be straight?
2- She did know the cultivar so I am hesitant on where to place them. My guess is either a Karl Fuchs or Electric Blue since those are what I mostly see here in Utah at the nurseries. Are you able to tell what kind it is?

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Posted August 23, 2018 at 11:30 am

Kacey – Cedars take very well to pruning but I’d let them be for a year once you plant them. Let them start to establish some roots and adjust to their new spot. They may well straighten out some; cedars also take a long time to harden. You might also gently stake them upright so that if they are not fully hardened they will get the proper encouragement. You have a big bend near the bottom which will not straighten out, but it will likely be hidden with foliage once the tree takes hold.

No idea on the cultivar, sorry!

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Posted August 23, 2018 at 11:56 am

Sara, thank you for your response. I really appreciate the feedback and best practices. Thank you!

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