[NAFEX] Bending branches

JoanRRosenberg at aol.com JoanRRosenberg at aol.com
Sun Apr 3 11:08:07 EDT 2005

I had heard of this technique before, and I decided to try it on one of my 
Montmorency cherries.  The branches did become more horizontal but the tree 
vigor declined compared to the same type tree, same rootstock, same purchase 
source at same time and planted 8 feet away.  They were identical when planted, 
height, branching, etc.  After the branch bending on that summer, the bent branch 
tree fell behind.  There is now a major difference in growth.  The bent 
branch tree is only 1 1/2 inch at the trunk, the untouched one is 2 1/2 at the 
trunk.  I concluded that bending branches on the cherry created tree stress.  Now 
I don't bend branches, I just prune.  I have not tried this on apple or pear, 
can't speak for those trees, and I did not try this on any other tree after 
this episode.
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