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Chrisl

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Sacrificial Branch Question
« on: October 14, 2011, 11:00 AM »
I've kept a sacrificial branch on several of my more immature trees to thicken the trunk.  Both on JMs and JBPs.  These are side branches btw.  But I'm beginning to notice too much thickening at the trunk where the sacr. branch is located.  If left unchecked, I'll have a inverse taper problem.  Am I missing something elemental about this technique?
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Re: Sacrificial Branch Question
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2011, 12:10 PM »
Haven't been doing this long enough to have much actual experience. However, I did ask Brent Walston about a similar problem I was having, and he told me (paraphrasing) that he leaves sacrifices "until they've done their job (sufficient thickening) or until they start creating a problem (like reverse taper)". The best situation, as I understand it, is to have multiple sacrifices at different levels but that's not always possible. Interested to hear the experience of others on this.

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Chrisl

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Re: Sacrificial Branch Question
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2011, 12:48 PM »
Oh really Chris?  I'm glad you asked Brent, who's very knowledgable.  Having more than one sacrificial branch makes sense, and cutting it off to avoid r. taper also makes sense.  I'm glad I asked so I can take care of this before it becomes an issue. 
 

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Re: Sacrificial Branch Question
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2011, 01:45 PM »
Can you post some pics?

But I agree with the comments above (as I have heard the same from Brent many times).  If you are starting to see reverse taper then your sacrifice has done all it can do for you and it's time to remove it.

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Re: Sacrificial Branch Question
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2011, 07:40 PM »
Good read Chris, Thanks!

cbobgo, it's beginning to happen on my small trees, and I have no close up lens.  The other lenses I have won't show it.  I need to get a macro lens one of these days ;)