Controlling leaf budding

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Controlling leaf budding

Post  mokster on Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:41 am

Hi Guys,

I got a section of a trunk that I would like to keep leaves from budding. The species I am using, Wrightia Religiosa, back buds easy. Can I just tape it with black tape to direct budding to a certain section of the trunk above the tape?

Thanks.

regards,
Kevin

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Re: Controlling leaf budding

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:25 am

mokster wrote:Hi Guys,I got a section of a trunk that I would like to keep leaves from budding. The species I am using, Wrightia Religiosa, back buds easy. Can I just tape it with black tape to direct budding to a certain section of the trunk above the tape?
Thanks.regards,Kevin

If buds show up where up don't want them, just rub them off. I think you will always be doing this with Wrightia.

I have never tried putting tape on the tree to direct budding. Sometimes making a deep cut in the trunk above where you want the bud will work. the cut should be no more than 1/4 around the tree and parallel to the soil line.
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There are also grafting techniques that might work. Check out "thread graft" or "approach graft." Wrightia grow from cuttings quickly and growing stock for an approach graft should be easy.


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Re: Controlling leaf budding

Post  mokster on Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:43 am

Hello Billy,

Thanks for the response. I have heard but never tried scoring the bark but am tempted now.

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