[NAFEX] dwarfing scarring"

Tom Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Mon Apr 26 10:07:22 EDT 2004

Hello All,

Is it possible to dwarf a tree using scar tissue?

I only ask, as last season I had a spare apple rootstock and decided I would try to bonsai it.  I wrapped a piece of plastic coated, copper wire around the whip from the ground up.  I then promptly forgot about it.

Now the wire created a wound that spirales up the tree, and the bark is healing over it.  Every spiral of the wire creates a scar that makes nutrient flow more difficult.

Will this work as a dwarfing technique?

Just curious.

Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Canada
Hardiness Zone 5b

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