Return to the Citrus Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Graft Support

Posted by Leekle2ManE Lady Lake, FL 9a (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 4, 12 at 10:25

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.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Graft Support

IMO staking a tree only guarantees that one day it will fall. Without the regular bending of the trunk, it will not get stronger (it's called Sphygmomorphogenesis, if you have a very big dictionary). Having been through 4 Category 5 hurricanes in my life... some say REALLY bad luck... I know that almost nothing withstands that force wind. In event of such winds I would opt for 3 to 4 steel posts driven into the ground around the tree and then a light rope tied around them to prevent the tree from breaking off in the wind...or as happened to me a couple of times ... totally disappearing only to be found a block away or more.

RE: Graft Support

Yeah, I still remember Hugo blowing through my town. He was kind enough to only relocate our shed out back, but left our house intact. Of course, the neighbor two houses down wasn't too happy about having a shed in his pool, but those are the breaks. The really cool part was that everything that was inside the shed was still there on the pad and on their shelves, minus anything lightweight enough to be blown around by your average wind.

Okay, so I'll get two more stakes and keep them on-hand, just in case. Thanks for the suggestion and the information about Sphygmo morphogenesis. I understand how morphogenesis plays into it, but not so much the sphygmo side of things. Looking up the two terms, sphygmo means pulse and moprhogenesis is the formation of tissue, so the formation of tissue by pulse or in other words, the formation of trunk tissue by the constant movement of the tree... okay, now that sounds more applicable. It is sometimes amazing how we can answer our own questions just simply by thinking (and typing) it out.

RE: Graft Support

It's really no different than pumping iron to grow muscles/strength. The more the twig bends, the stronger it gets.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Citrus Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here