I have read that defoliation is safest when a tree is actively growing, perhaps in spring/summer. But in the interest of short internodes, it seems that defoliation during a slow growing phase would be beneficial.
Does anyone have any experience they can share?
I have a ficus that I have just wired up, but not defoliated because I wasn't sure if it was a good time. However if I was wrong, I would love to go ahead and do it and see the branch silhouette that I made ( and see if its nice or an eyesore ) and get a headstart on some ramification