Severe Pruning a Jackfruit Tree

We have this Jackfruit tree in the backyard that is around 5 years old and about 4 meters tall. It’s already bearing fruit and I was able to harvest twice. The first time (2016) I got 4 pieces of Jackfruit and the second time—this year (2017)—I got 11 pieces. All was going well but then I Pruned it. And by “pruned” I meant “totally massacred”. Date: 06-30-17

I admit it was quite stupid of me to simply cut it drastically this way. But I had a hack saw and was drunk with my own power. Seriously though, what I wanted to do was simply shorten the tree’s height. I already knew that this type of cut, called Topping, is not recommended and is even considered bad practice but I went ahead with it anyway. I was lazy and impatient.

The proper way would have been to prune it in stages, slowly shortening the leader branch and not just in one fell swoop. An even better way would have been to plan the tree’s height from the beginning as to manage and keep it small.

What’s done is done though. No use in fussing over what can’t be undone. I might as well document the trees’ condition and hopeful recovery. The tree continued to bleed sap and about a week later showed bud growth near the cut. I was initially worried the continuous sap flow would rot the tree since me pruning it also coincided with the rainy season.

The picture above shows the tree 2 months later after I pruned it. It looks like it’s going to make it. The Jackfruit trees here in the Philippines normally start to flower around November or December. I wonder if the tree would still flower by that time.

Though if it does start to flower again, it might be a better idea to remove the flowers and just let the tree use all its energy to fully recover this year.

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