Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:10
Sorry to disagree. Conifers will and do regenerate from lateral pruning. Strange as it may seem. Taking out the growing point of almost any conifer. That will end it's upward growth. It will now rapidly grow outwards. Whereas in most trees etc. To cut out the growing tip, will usually result in a side bud developing and in time growing heavenward.
IMHO. I would be inclined to cut and come again. Basically. The root of each is obviously alive and well. Take a chance and cut it off say four to six inches above soil level.
So if I understand you correctly you are advocating basically cutting the fir tree back to a point where it will have no branches at all left, it will just be a stump ??
Commercial Christmas tree growers prune lateral branches to promote bushy growth, so there may be a chance for it yet, but what are you going to do with it then? Norwegian Spruce grow and grow and grow - do you have the space for it?
In time it will grow to 60ft or more tall and 20-40ft wide - if that is planted in your garden either you or someone who comes after you will have an expensive bill from a tree surgeon to take it down. http://www.norwayspruce.com/
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I already have one huge xmas tree. We have a large front garden.