When I first purchased my tangerine (mandarin), it had a thin steel rod along it's trunk for added support. Being a total and complete newbie, I cut the twine and, not being a complete idiot, slowly moved my hand away. The trunk started to sag and bend, so I tied some new twine around the trunk and rod. I gave it about three months and then cut the twine again and again slowly moved my hand away. This time the tree stayed erect and has continued to stand tall (3-4 ft) since then. It even took the fairly strong winds of Debby as she passed through. But... as hurricane season starts to kick in to full swing, I'm wondering if I should put that rod back into place to help support the graft point in the chance of even higher winds.
Opinions and suggestions welcomed. Thank you.