I have a Bergman’s Gold leaf (fem) planting outdoor in Mediterranean climate. It grows really fast, the main trunk is wider than an inch. However, when it’s about 5’ tall, the bottom branch started to break off. I cut them and dry them. This afternoon, a big, long branch collapsed to the ground again!!!
I have drip irrigation watering 5 mins/day, 3 days/week. The weather this year has been cooler than usual. We’ve got a couple of days last week that it was 102F, but mostly it stays in high 70’s or low to mid 80’s.
She’s almost 8’ tall now!
What should I do to the rest of them to prevent more breakage? Stake and tie them up is what I’m going to do right now. However, should I trim the long branches to take the weight off before it break? This is my first growing experience so I was scared to trim them early on not k owing what I’m doing, I was afraid I’d damage the plant.
Thanks for any advice.