[NAFEX] "Tree Kote" - what's the verdict?
lreich at hvc.rr.com
Tue Sep 21 11:42:48 EDT 2004
Quoting from my book, THE PRUNING BOOK (Taunton Press, 1997, available
from a number of sources),
"Marketing or, perhaps, an innate desire for nurturing has induced
humans for centuries to cover wounds with dressings ranging from clay
to manure to tar. Such dressings, for the most part, keep the wound
moist, maintaining a hospitable environment for disease-causing
microorganisms. (Exceptions exist: a particular dressing might be
useful because it contains hormones to prevent resprouting, or
insecticides to fend off borer attack on susceptible plants such as elm
and pecan.) . . . A good pruning cut -- not a poultice -- allows a
woody plant to seal off the wound and prevent spread of infection. Take
care in how you cut, and appreciate the plant's natural ability to heal
That said, Tree Kote is an excellent material for use in grafting.
On Sep 21, 2004, at 11:06 AM, Katherine Russell wrote:
> This is a question about Tree Kote, which appears to be somehting like
> a tar and water emulsion. It's marketed for painting over tree wounds.
> Is it good stuff? Recommended / not recommended? Can it be used for
> I remember the question about a tractor-damaged apple tree a while ago
> resulted in a bunch of recommendations to cut the branch off cleanly,
> but not paint it with anything. Is the whole concept of a tree wound
> dressing a bunch of hooey?
> Best - Katherine Russell
> Zone 5b - 6a
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