promoting leaf formaint on Pachira aquatica
I have a braided Pachira aquatica tree that is getting to big(see picture). Some of the trucks have smaller branches at nodes on the trunk where pruning took place in the past (before i bought the tree) allowing me to cut off the longer branch, leaving the smaller branch with leaves. However some of the trunks do not have any additional branches at nodes where pruning previously took place. with these trunks, to get them to the desired length i would have to cut off all the leaf growth. My question is, is there anyway to stimulate leaf growth below the current buds and leafs on these trunks? If i cut off all leaves, would new leave growth occur on the trunk or would it just die? After doing some research I have also came across the plant hormone Zeatin that is suppose to encourage leaf growth. If i left the leaves as is, and made a small wound in the trunk at the location i desire and applied Zeatin would that encourage leaf and bud growth at the inoculated site? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.