How Simple Duct Tape Helps Me Save a Broken Sapling
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Not a single gardener is immune from broken branches. The reasons why branches of fruit trees and seedlings can break off are different: strong winds, heavy snow adhered, temperature fluctuations and other unfavorable weather conditions. Branches can break off even under the weight of their own rich harvest.
This problem cannot be neglected in any way, because it can lead to illness or death of the tree. Even if a small twig breaks, I always clean the wound so that infection does not get there and the wound does not rot. First, with the help of a pruner or a knife, I clean the breakage point, make it even. I spray the wound with a 3% solution of copper sulfate and let it dry. After that, I apply a garden varnish to the place of the cut.
It is most dangerous when the skeletal branch of the tree is damaged. I want to share a simple advice on how I save young trees and seedlings and fix this situation with simple duct tape. I firmly connect the place of the fault, and if the fault is very strong, or the branch is too heavy, then it is impossible to do without applying a tire. I attach a piece of reinforcement 15-20 cm or a wooden board - the main thing is that the branch is straight again. I fasten the applied tire firmly to the branch with electrical tape.
If the break occurred during the grafting, then I additionally tighten the branches from above. If there is no electrical tape at hand, then the dressing is done using masking tape. I don't use office tape - it doesn't hold well. By the way, do not wrap the seedling with a black, dark blue, dark purple ribbon - it heats up in the sun, and there will also be a burn at the site of the wound near the tree.
It is very important not to ignore the branches connected with the electrical tape - the winding should be checked monthly, and if it is loose, it should be rewound. In order for the plant to save strength, in the first time after damage, I do not allow such branches to bloom. In order for the tree to recover faster, I feed with potassium, phosphorus and calcium.
If a large branch has completely broken off from the trunk, then I first treat the wound formed on the tree with a 3% solution of copper or iron sulfate. I cut the broken off branch above the break, process it with garden varnish and fasten it firmly to the trunk with electrical tape. The branch will partially grow, and the tree will not be able to form a hollow.
Timely help will preserve not only the broken branch, but also the health of the tree as a whole. However, even with successful healing and accretion of wood, the fracture site will be fragile and fragile for a long time. Make supports under the broken branch and for the first few years try not to grow a large number of fruits on it.
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How to save dried seedlings, tips
And in order to grow such a curiosity, you first need to purchase it somewhere.
So you have to write out what you want by mail, since now there are enough companies selling seeds and seedlings.
But if there are no problems with the first, then with the second they arise: the seedlings in the parcels often dry out, begin to rot or become moldy.
There was a time when a good half of the seedlings I received in a deplorable state simply did not take root. To be honest, he remembered his suppliers with a "gentle" word until he took up the salvation of the planting material.
In the fall, I received from the Chelyabinsk Scientific and Production Association "Garden and Vegetable Garden" two dried-up rosehip seedlings of varieties Vitaminny and Yakhont. I put them in water for 3 hours.
Then he prepared a solution: in 10 liters of water he dissolved 1 tbsp. spoon of urea and superphosphate, added a few drops of biostimulant - root.
I immersed the seedlings in the prepared solution for another 12 hours, and then planted them in the ground, having previously dipped the roots in a clay mash. In the spring, after such reanimation, buds hatched on the plants, the seedlings turned green and got stronger.
I know that many companies send out seedlings only in the fall, since during this period they are in the stage of natural dormancy, and in the spring, on the contrary, they come out of hibernation, and in the warmth, during shipment, the leaves of the packed plants bloom, which turn white in the dark , unviable and, after landing under the wind and sun, may die.
It was these saplings of pears of the Kafedralnaya and Skazochnaya varieties that I received last spring from the Moscow firm "Among flowers".
Since during the shipment they were in unusual conditions and experienced stress, before planting, I treated them with the same preparations as the dog rose, but taking into account one more circumstance - after planting, I protected them from the wind and darkened them from the already scorching May sun.
I had to worry when I saw falling yellow leaves, but after a couple of weeks new ones began to appear.
The seedlings recovered and started to grow. And I learned a bitter lesson when planting plants sent in the fall with not yet lignified shoots.
Again, he reproached the firm for the early digging of planting material, which led to its freezing. But here I had to obey the advice of experts - to leave such seedlings in the hole.
When planting in spring, the plants preserved in the trench feel comfortable and give a good growth by autumn.
I hope that my experience will help gardeners to revive the seedlings sent by mail in a parcel.