umbrella plant pruning
I bought an umbrella plant 4 months ago and just transplanted it from a 10" to 12" pot. It's doing well but I want to prune it to give it a more layered look. Right now all three stems are crowding together at the same height.
Should I just hack one of the three off totally, or can I cut one back half way so it starts to leaf out below the others? That would give the whole thing a more stepped look.
The only thing is I've been gradually plucking stems off the lower parts of the stalks, so the stalks are bald below a certain point (see pic). Can I cut a stalk back if there are no stems below the cut point? Will that stalk still grow?
I want it to look like one I saw in a plant store... where the stalk(s) are larger, almost woody, after growing for several years and the canopy puffs out at different levels rather than interfering with each other. Thanks, Jon