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Pruning Vireyas

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Vireya Stem Buds
Vireya Stem Buds
Note the stem buds in each leaf axil. Cutting the dominant singleton stem not only results in a bushier plant, but each new stem can support another flower truss.
Cut Above Stem Buds
Cut Above Stem Buds
Do not leave much of a stub.
Snip!
Snip!
Cut cleanly remove the singleton stem.
Snip Result
Snip Result
Now the vireya will start pushing new stems from the leaf axils.
Young Singleton
Young Singleton
Identify single stems and pinch early.
Pinch!
Pinch!
If after pinching, only a single stem emerges again, it's OK to repinch it or cut back further if possible.
Older Wood Cut
Older Wood Cut
Somewhat extreme example of cutting older wood. Many, many new stems! Typically two to four new stems result.
Crossing Inside Branches
Crossing Inside Branches
Another pruning task is to remove internal crossing branches. Note the two branches crossing in the center of the picture.
The principles shown are applicable to any size vireya.