Branch bender or heavy wire

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Branch bender or heavy wire

Post  LittleJoe on Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:16 am

I recently picked up this red maple:


I see raft written all over is but, I need to raise the trunk before it gets to the first branch and lower after. Then raise it again near the second branch. Hence the question. I have purchased some raffia, but I'm not sure what to use after that. Heavy wire (what gauge) or a branch bender?





Thanks for looking,
Joe

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Re: Branch bender or heavy wire

Post  leatherback on Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:31 am

I personally do not like branch benders Smile

Just be aware: Where you can twist pine in just about any shape you like, Maples tend to be quite brittle once the branches get some maturity: Proceed with care (Although it looks like these might still be OK).

I think a 5mm wire would easily do the job. Wheb using raffia, consider using tape after the raffia, so you trap moisture, keeping the branch moist after all the bending. (And others will for sure correct me if this is a bad idea Wink)

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Re: Branch bender or heavy wire

Post  DougB on Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:24 pm

HI Joe. Hope you didn't get rained out and are enjoying the cooler temps. As for your tree. Hard to tell from just the pics. I would suggest contacting a couple of the more experienced members of TBS, I'm sure after looking at the tree they would be of great help. Take Care

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Re: Branch bender or heavy wire

Post  LittleJoe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:54 am

Went with wire.


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Re: Branch bender or heavy wire

Post  JimLewis on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:26 pm

Good ,luck with it.

You might want to get rid of the (looks like a) violet before its roots take up the entire pot.

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