Re: Forced Dwarfing
If you cut off the leaves and p-stem just before the bud is about to emerge, it will still emerge. You can "force dwarf" them to essentially 0' if you chop down the p-stem to the ground right before the bud is sent up from the meristem. Whether you'll get fruit is a whole different question! If you tried to do this intentionally, you'd have to be darn good about guessing when the bud is going to formed. If you waited until you saw a flag leaf, for example, you'd cut off the bud when you cut the p-stem.