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Staking fruit trees


by Pippa Greenwood

As I walked around the fruit trees in our mini-orchard last week, I was horrified to discover that a few of them had grown too big for the ties I'd used when staking them.


Damage caused to tree by staking tieWe all forget to do things sometimes, but I’m rather ashamed about this omission. As I walked around the fruit trees in our mini-orchard last week, I was horrified to discover that a few of them had grown too big for the ties I’d used when staking them.

The tree trunks were severely constricted. When I planted them, the ties seemed huge for the small trunks. I’ve checked them sporadically over the years and always found the trunks had enough space, but I obviously hadn’t been checking them regularly enough!

A nail-splitting hour or so passed as I gently eased the ties from deep within the trees’ limbs. I think they’ll recover. The only good thing to have come from this saga is that it has taught me a lesson. The next time I plant something woody I’ll check the wires more regularly and make sure I remember how quickly plants grow in warm and wet conditions.

It’s definitely worth checking the wires on any staked fruit trees, as if left too long they can kill or seriously deform the tree. Generally, stakes need removing after a few years. Our hillside is very windy so there’s no way we can get away without using stakes until the trees are much bigger.



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Gardeners' World Web User 30/04/2009 at 17:47

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Gardeners' World Web User 01/05/2009 at 07:48

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Gardeners' World Web User 01/05/2009 at 08:45

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Gardeners' World Web User 01/05/2009 at 12:30

I think the post you are reffering to Lainey is on Jane Moores Blog Weeds on the Allotment. Hope this helps:)

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