Silk Floss Tree

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Asked by KlausWills on May 12, 2017
Pruning Silk Floss Tree

My silk floss tree is at least 40 feet high with a spread of at least that much. How should it be pruned?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would suggest you consult a qualified Arborist to tackle pruning a rare tree.
My research show pruning is only needed if you need to increase air circulation and you can remove up to 25 percent of the canopy. Pruning will result in loss of flowers for a few years.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/silk-floss/floss-silk-tree-planting.htm

http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/chospea.pdf

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Asked by saragardener on September 13, 2017
Silk Floss Tree After Hurricane Damage

My very large, mature silk floss tree is tipped but not down from hurricane winds in Miami Beach. The top branches are blocking the entrance to my second floor deck and will have to be removed. I will be there in 5 days. How many feet of trunk should I leave, and can I push it back upright and support it with a piece of wood?

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BushDoctor
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is best to only take off what you need. Leave as much as you possibly can to ensure its survival. You can definitely prop the tree back up with something whether it be a board, or tie it up with soft rope. I believe this tree will survive if given the proper care.

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Asked by lorilash1 on October 21, 2017
Kapok Tree

I have a floss silk/Kapok tree in my yard. Tree is apx 10 yrs old, 15 tall. It has never had a full bloom. There are others in the area and are beautiful when they bloom. We had 1 flower last yr. I spotted it after I threatened to chop the tree down. The tree was purchased for the flowering aspect. I read that you could add bone meal to the dirt and that would help.

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BushDoctor
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes that would help. Any fertilizer high in potassium and phosphorus will do it some good. Alternatively, the soil pH could be too low. In this case you can add dolomitic lime to the area. This will help buffer it back. Her is an article for more information on the tree:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/silk-floss/floss-silk-tree-planting.htm

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