It's now 3 years now but it is not growing. It's still the same size. If I prune it, it will only develop a little bit of new leaves, then it will stop. Please help, I love trees so much so it is paining me a lot.
How often do you fertilize it? If you have not, I would give it some balanced fertilizer.
If you have been fertilizing, I would get your soil tested to see what is lacking. Giving the plant some potash for a potassium boost would not hurt and does sound like what the plant may be lacking.
We have cut down a live oak tree that grew within a seagrape we want to keep. Is there a safe way to kill the oak roots without also killing the seagrape? The oak trunk is still about 3 feet tall, 5 in. diameter, and cannot be cut lower to ground where it is. It is too close to pool to allow to grow.
You can make cuts to the roots and drill holes in the stump and paint Roundup onto these wounds. As long as the Roundup does not touch the seagrapes, they will not be harmed. This will kill the roots (though you may need to repeat it a few times). You can also pour liquid fertilizer down the holes in the trunk after you do this to speed up the rotting process.
You can't remove them really without damaging the seagrapes though. You will just have to wait for them to decompose.
I want to grow these plants to overhang an area in my yard so forcing them or bending them in a certain direction is important. They are about 7 feet tall and about 14 months old. Any thoughts on how to bend them or direct them to grow towards a certain direction?
I am going to recommend that you use the espalier training method for your sea grapes. More information on espalier can be found here:
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How can a seagrape be pruned to become treelike?
This will be accomplished by pruning everything except for a single "leader" as it appears on the tree. Doing this until the tree reaches maturity will cause a single-trunk specimen.
Here is an article that will help you with the care of the tree: