[NAFEX] Bending branches to induce early fruiting
lreich at hvc.rr.com
Sat Apr 2 17:32:08 EST 2005
I use "six packs," the plastic flats that seedlings are sold in in
spring, filling each cell with concrete and then sticking a heavy,
bendable wire into each cell. When the concrete is hard, I remove each
concrete cube and hang it on a branch by its wire.
Lee Reich, PhD
On Apr 2, 2005, at 5:20 PM, tanis grif wrote:
> Great idea. (I also like the idea of concrete easter eggs, posted
> since.) When I
> was trying to create the perfect branch-spreader, I also didn't want
> to damage the
> bark. I wanted to use wires or old electronics wires to hold the
> weights, and
> wanted to pad the wire passing over the branch. While pondering this,
> I happened to
> visit a gardening friend who was discarding a garden hose because her
> DOUS (Great
> Dane puppy) had chewed it beyond repair. "Ah ha" said I and the rest
> is history,
> for one of my plantings anyway. I've been surprised by how long the
> pieces of hose
> have withstood constant sun-exposure, but hey it's garden hose.
> --- Joe Hecksel wrote:
>> Hello all:
>> Most of you are familiar with the technique of bending vertical
>> to a more horizontal position to induce earlier/more fruiting. Many
>> mechanisms have been proposed (C/N ratio, hormonal changes). The
>> fact remains that it is one of the most effective ways to "tip" a tree
>> into fruiting mode. It can also make a young, shy bearer a star
>> you can double the amount of light the canopy harvests.
>> Pears seem to be the one kind of fruit that most benefits from branch
>> spreading. I am heavily weighted toward pears because they produce
>> acceptable fruit with minimal inputs. Also, I can find many "takers"
>> for the fruit when I become overwhelmed. Try getting rid of 200
>> of persimmons someday. Tough to do, at least in semi-rural Michigan.
>> The rub is in the mechanics of bending the branches.
>> -Twine and tying them down is very effective but slow and tedious
>> -Propping branches with >----< sticks or <======> sticks scar the bark
>> and can/maybe make the tree more vulnerable to fire blight. This is a
>> big deal with pears.
>> -Tree weights are an option but you have to make your own.
>> So, there I was filling a hole in the foundation that my wife was sure
>> was the source of several recent ROUS sightings. Being a man who is
>> basically lazy by nature, I made sure to mix a vast-over sufficiency
>> mortar. Being a man of curiosity, I experimented with the extra....
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