Update on trunk cut Trachys 6-4-10

jimhardyJune 4, 2010

Some may recall I had to cut back some of my Trachys this spring to save them from bud rot-here are some pics from then-later and 6-4-10


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brooklyngreg(7a NYC coastal plain)

That was successful tree surgery and a keen eye. I vote all the "survivors" get warming lites this winter to build up there reserves.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 4:27PM
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butiaman(8a Douglasville,GA.)

Looks like there growing very well.You knew what you were doing.I wish my pindo could have been saved like that.Good going.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 8:53PM
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They are looking pretty good now. By the end of the summer I think they will be pretty close to normal. I dont think it will be able to handle another tree cut for at least a few years so they will need good protection for the next few winters. But after seeing such a will to live, I think they deserve to be a little babied for a few winters.
Thanks for updating us on this! I give this method an A+ for palms that have spear pull and appear dead. It probably wont work for more tropical palms but they work fine on the tolerant ones.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2010 at 2:23PM
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Thanks y'all.

Looks like they are on pace with the other Trachys and
should grow as many(if not more)leaves as last year,they
will be a little shorter for their surgery but the patients live and flourish!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2010 at 3:35PM
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NoVaPlantGuy_Z7b_8a(Alexandria, VA 7B/8A)

Just curious, how far below the "hole" in the crown did you cut it? I have one that had spear pull back in february. It has not yet put up any new leaves but the two leaves that are still on it are alive and well. Debating on weather I should continue to give it a chance, cut it, or just consider it a gonner.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 9:27PM
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I think its time to cut it back below the rot. Its already june so it should be grounding by now but the fact that there is still green means that there may be some good tissue if you cut low enough.

Hope the trunk cutting works for you also and update us on its progress!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 11:52PM
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Hey Ken

Try cutting down a little at a time,you should find healthy tissue if there is any.
As mentioned it should be growing by now.

Also take a good look at the leaves,are they opened up?
Are they closed?-sometimes leaves can look healthy for a year on what is essentially a dead plant.

Let me know what you find.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 3:28PM
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brooklyngreg(7a NYC coastal plain)

Cut gently and slowly and stop once the rot is cut away. Send pics.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 10:47AM
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