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msudholt

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reshaping crabapple trunk
« on: April 12, 2017, 08:16 PM »
I recently obtained crabapple with long, thin trunk(1/2 inch dia) and no branches for first 24 inches.  I'm considering literati.  Have not previously worked with crabapple.  How readily can bends be introduced into trunk? Best techniques for doing so? ???
 

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Re: reshaping crabapple trunk
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 09:28 AM »
Hi.... Yes I have worked with Crab's. Presently own two. At a 1/2 inch you probably can bend the trunk if properly wired. I have found these to be very nice and the reward of flowers and tiny fruit in spring is worth the effort. Remember if you do get flowers (and then fruit) it does stress the tree. Much energy goes into the flowers and fruit and you will not get much growth. After the flowers have gone remove all or almost all the fruit.

I have a collected Crab that is also rather leggy. I am hoping to do some grafts to obtain branches lower on the trunk. I will be growing out a couple of branches this year to use as thread grafts next winter. In addition I am hoping to have a cutting to use as well.
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Jay
 

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Re: reshaping crabapple trunk
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2017, 06:24 PM »
Thanks Jay.  Since the bark appears thin abd tender I assume need to wrap trunk before wiring.  How  prone to breakage is this genus?  Can abrupt bends be made in trunk w/o breakage?
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Re: reshaping crabapple trunk
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 06:38 AM »
Well..... Wrapping the branch or trunk is never a bad idea. As for abrupt bends, hard to say. My gut is probably not, especially in 1/2 inch material. Crabs will snap. If you have multiple trunks (or a thick branch) one which you are planning to remove, take the time and wire that one. You will learn quickly what you can't do. If you are a member of a club, or are near a club, bring the tree to a meeting. Someone is going to be able to help you. First hand visual knowledge is the best. And being in a club opens up a knowledge base to you.
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Re: reshaping crabapple trunk
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 08:29 AM »
I'd imagine, if you want abrubt, angular, sharp bends, you'll need to chop it and only wire for direction rather than movement.