No "ho-ho-ho" with this mistletoe

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No "ho-ho-ho" with this mistletoe

Post  dick benbow on Sun May 20, 2012 1:00 am

I quess we all have our days and today was certainly mine. I purchased a yamadori dug lodgepole pine that was dug in oregon with great movement. As I began to clean away the thick growth to get to some clarity for design work, I noticed the mistletoe. was like being punched in the stomach to where you more than loose your breath.
I understand you can hold off the eventual end with copper treatments, but looking for anyone who has dealt with this paracite? I feel like just burning it and licking my VERY expensive wounds. Any help out there or encouraging words?

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Re: No "ho-ho-ho" with this mistletoe

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun May 20, 2012 1:31 am

I have no experience with mistletoe in Pine or potted plants, but I have cleared it from trees in the landscape. The mistletoe sends "roots" through the plant tissue/wood, if you can cut past the "roots" you can get rid of the mistletoe. It really depends upon how long the mistletoe has infected the plant. These "roots" are easy to spot; they are green in the paler wood of the tree.

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Post  JimLewis on Sun May 20, 2012 2:26 pm

Trim away (with room to spare) the infested area. Then design around what's left.

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Re: No "ho-ho-ho" with this mistletoe

Post  dick benbow on Sun May 20, 2012 2:39 pm

If only it was as easy as that,Jim....It's thru-out.

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Post  DreadyKGB on Sun May 20, 2012 3:23 pm

Dick,
Here is a link with a a few management techniques. Depending on how long you have had the tree you may also contact the seller and they may work with you as it seem to a take a few years for the mistletoe to take hold.

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7437.html

Todd

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Post  JimLewis on Sun May 20, 2012 3:54 pm

dick benbow wrote:If only it was as easy as that,Jim....It's thru-out.

Sorry to hear that/. I'd take the tree back; it obviously was infested when you got it.

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Post  dick benbow on Sun May 20, 2012 3:59 pm

Thanks Todd for the link, the specific kind I have is a bit different, referred to as dwarf mistletoe. I've been in contact wit the curator of the Weyerheauser bonsai exhibit and he has volunteered to help me with spraying it down with a copper spray. he suggests I dab the spray on those growths that appear after the initial spraying. If i learn something more I'll be sure and pass it along.

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