Urgent: help grafted branch broken

home624April 8, 2013

Hi,
I bought a 4 in 1 grafted apple tree. During high winds, one of the branches broke and was dangling on few fibers. It seems to have broken where it was grafted. I managed to temporarily put duct tape and tie it back to its original position with a stick to support it. Is that enough to save it? If not please suggest me some ideas, preferably home remedies as it might take a while to get grafting supplies. I am new to gardening and newer did any grafting. The broken branch is about a feet long and 7-8 mm thick with some flowers on it.
Thanks so much

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

near impossible w/o pix..

but if it was dangling on a few fibers ... how do you imagine water is going to move thru it ...

most likely a goner .... as to that one branch ...

is it still under warranty???... what did they say about it ...

this is somewhat common on these gimmick plants ... well.. at least on the two i had long ago ...

ken

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 7:24AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I've saved a few branches/stems this way over the years, but never one dangling by fibers. Just don't forget to remove the tape as soon as possible (when the wound has healed) if the branch lives. Trimming some of the end off could help, to decrease weight stress and the amount of mass relying on that break to heal.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 10:41AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

Just don't forget to remove the tape as soon as possible (when the wound has healed)

==>> to mix an analogy...

the skin may heal.. but the interior wood will NEVER heal ..

especially if you suspend a fruit at the end of the branch ...

ken

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 12:22PM
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calistoga_al

I have been surprised in the past when a broken branch has survived and done well in the next few years. In my case wrapping the break with Parafilm tape to keep out air and prevent drying out has worked to allow the break to mend. If there is any weight above the break, a splint across the break may be needed to prevent any movement. Al

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 10:56AM
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gigim(8A SC)

I had this happen to a japanese maple I had just purchased. Was told by the nursery to use a nylon stocking to wrap the branch back in position, to leave it alone and hope for the best. Not to remove the stocking for the season. Worked like a charm.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 12:35PM
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home624

Hi All,
I had put electrical tape and also put a stick to support it.
It has been more than a day and the leaves and flowers look normal. I don't see any signs of distress or drying. Hope it keeps that way..
Thanks

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 2:12PM
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home624

Hi All,
For 3-4 weeks, it seemed to be working. But as the temperatures started warming up, it began to dry and now I don't have much hope.
Thank you for your replies.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 9:50PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Thanks for the update, sorry the news wasn't better.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 9:11AM
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