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split in trunk apple tree

Last post 15-04-2015 11:17 AM by iank. 2 replies.

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  • 06/04/2015 07:45 PM
    • iank
    • Scarborough
    • 13 Jul 2012
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     Last year one of our apple trees split down the main trunk with the weight of apples. The split looks clean, but I am wondering if I should fill the split with wax or something to stop water and gubbins from stagnating there. The tree is a Kidds orange pippin, looks healthy although we did remove a branch with canker.

    Thanks

    Ian


  • 06/04/2015 09:08 PM
    • GROWMORE
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    • 12 Aug 2012
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     Ian.  It looks as though the damage has been left a little too long.  The inner wood has dried, so it will have sealed itself.

    Action earlier on might have saved the bough.  The weight could have been reduced by cutting most of the damaged bough/branches off.  Then using strong bindings, the joint might have been closed and a natural healing over of the wound.

     

    To acheive anything like that now.  The bough would stil require massive cutting back.  The inner surfaces would then require cleaning to form new contact areas, then the two parts would need binding together.  Acallous would in time form and new growth would start.

    As it now stands.  That split is almost completely through.  Probably the best and safest is to totally remove it.  Sorry. 

    Growmore.
  • 15/04/2015 11:17 AM
    • iank
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    • 13 Jul 2012
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     Thanks, you are right that is not really what we wanted to hear. It splits the tree into 2 halves. so not really an option to remove a bough, and rest of tree would be completely unbalanced.

    It split while we were away, otherwise we would have repaired it. We might try roughing up the sides to fresh wood and binding it together

    ian