Peel bark, clean bark or leave it?

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Peel bark, clean bark or leave it?

Post  Arno on Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:29 am

Ok my friends, long question.

Specifically I just received some old bouganvilla that were to be thrown out. The bark is old and neat looking but a little soft almost dry rot like, should this be removed?
Ok, a more general question about bark. I have some other trees (fukien tea, chinese elm) that have flaking bark should this be removed? Ive seen trees that look all clean and nice but I thought aged bark is desirable. Same with junipers do people strip them for asthetics or is this the proper thing to do? Any bark advice all areas? thanks

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Re: Peel bark, clean bark or leave it?

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:37 am

The bark thing can be aesthetic, but it can also be good cultural practice. Rough, dry, etc. bark can harbor insects.

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Re: Peel bark, clean bark or leave it?

Post  JimLewis on Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:30 pm

The bougainvillea bark is normal. I would NOT rub it off.

Bark, like our skin, is a protective shield against all kinds of infections that might affect the interior of the organism.

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Re: Peel bark, clean bark or leave it?

Post  AK_Panama on Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:24 pm

Can you show a picture though? You mentioned the bougie looks like it´s rotting? If so, I´d recommend to clean up all the dead wood and treat it. But that´s me in my climate.

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