Amorpha regrowth 2: the results

Frost came and the Amorpha is done growing for the season. Check out this year’s growth.

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Visually impressive I know. It’s actually lacking 2 ft of what I expected. If you’ve read Dealing with deficiency earlier this summer, you probably noticed this season wasn’t stellar for lush growth.

Compared to the nearby cherry that yellowed and lost its leaves several months ago, the amorpha did quite well, remaining green and vibrant, growing for a lot longer than other plants in the food forest. Early September even it slowed down and aborted its growing tip, calling it quits for the year.

Last year it grew right until frost in October. If the same had occured this year, I suspect it could have grown that extra 2 ft and more.

I plan on coppicing again next year. A lot of my seedling Amorpha I coppiced lightly this year though, just removing a branch or two to which they responded well. So I may have more genetics in different locations to compare with next year. I’ll keep you posted.

Amorpha regrowth

So I introduced you all to my oldest amorpha last year with this picture:

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I included a small picture in the previous post of the six foot specimen just a year later. I lately coppiced it.

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This is about 3 weeks after coppicing. I left about 8-10 inches of branch above the ground, and about every inch sprouted a new shoot. As of taking the picture many of the shoots were 6-8 inches long.

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We’ll see how much growth it makes before frost.