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Subject: how to revive an old tree Replies: 7
Posted By: libercity Views: 1,056
 
Thanks for the suggestions!. When I've cut back dead branches to the trunk before, there's been no sign of any regrowth happening - but those were dead/dying branches and what you are suggesting is cutting back some of the main trunk itself. So, I wonder about where to make the cut...are there any markers along the trunk of a fig tree to suggest where a budding branch might emerge? Would applying some growth hormone to the are of the cut back trunk induce growth at that point? Has anyone had some luck  grafting branches on to a large trunk section?


Subject: how to revive an old tree Replies: 7
Posted By: libercity Views: 1,056
 
http://picasaweb.google.com/art.liberman/OldFigTree?feat=email#
Here is the link to the photo

Subject: how to revive an old tree Replies: 7
Posted By: libercity Views: 1,056
 
We have a lovely, large Black Mission tree  - probably over 60 years, and with a 55" girth of the trunk near the base - but through poor pruning over the years, all its branches start way up - at least 25' from the ground. A few branches hang down near the ground, but only squirrels and birds are able to reach up where there is most of the  fruit. Some of these branches are dying. Here is a photo on picasaweb 
Is there any possible way to induce some growth of laterals lower down on the trunk, or must I just say farewell to this old friend and cut it down and wait for some sprouts coming up from the base to mature?

 

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