When worked at the top of a stem formed of the stock, the growth from the graft or bud must be pruned in a similar way.
If a piece of bark and cortex are torn off, the occlusion takes longer, because the tissues have to creep over the exposed area of wood; and the same is true of a transverse cut severing the branch, as may be seen in any properly pruned tree.
The older plants will occasionally require the roots pruned in order to keep them in as small pots as possible without being starved.
It is then pruned, in order clearly to show the mode of branching, and is spread out as naturally as possible with the right hand.
It invariably happens during the most active period of feeding, three or four days after the fourth moult up to the rising, and generally appears after a meal of coarse leaves, obtained from mulberries pruned the same year and growing in damp soil.