Monday, July 20, 2015
Young tree training: When the central leader grows too fast
This is a tree that never developed a good balance between a strong central leader and lower lateral branches. I placed a 5 foot ladder in the photo to give you an idea how tall this tree actually is. The tree was grafted at about 3 feet high (the union is marked with white paint). The graft grew strongly but failed to sprout lateral branches along the leader in an area 3-4 feet above the graft union. It was this lack of lower lateral branch formation that ultimately caused the tree to become top heavy and start to bend over.