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  • Storm damaged I258.

    Recent rain storms have done some damage to many of my smaller first year trees. Many are bent over but not but not broken. They should recover after some sun and some time to dry out but I have an i258 that had a branch break. What would you guys recommend I do with it? It's still attached by a strip of bark. Should I cut it off and root it or should I tightly wrap it up and try it graft it back on to itself? Click image for larger version

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    Cut that piece off as cleanly as possible, wrap the trunk with some grafting tape or paint it with some Tanglefoot. Or, do nothing and let it just scab over naturally. That amount of damage won't hurt a fig tree, and in 2 weeks you'll never even know it was there.

    The best thing you can do is make sure you cut it off with a fine-toothed saw to make sure the cut is as smooth as possible. You don't want to create any weird ridges that pests can nest in. Make sure you remove everything so it's very smooth and it'll heal over in no time, and I personally think grafting tape is a good idea to prevent any pests from damaging the tree with the exposed soft wood.
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    • #3
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ID:	1019140 Look at this. It happened again. The very same tree. Another storm, another branch. None of my other trees took damage.

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      • #4
        Wow...sorry to see that man, maybe put this one in the middle of others to help protect it.

        When it storms all my small/smaller trees go on the deck for protection.
        Kevin, N. Ga 7b Cheers!

        Wishing all of you a bountiful harvest!

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        • #5
          Maybe you should relocate that one and leave that spot open. Or put a garden stool there.
          South Jersey, zone 7a- 20 mins from Philly, 30 mins from AC

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          • #6
            The truth is this I258 was poorly branched. It had 4 limbs branching out from the exact same point. It made for a very aesthetically beautiful tree but the crotch was a weak point.

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            • #7
              At least it will recover and make new branches. (the bright side)
              Kevin, N. Ga 7b Cheers!

              Wishing all of you a bountiful harvest!

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              • #8
                I’ve had two grafts break at the union on a frankenfig tree. The new growth got to big and with the heavy rain water…snap. Added
                splints to some fo the remaining grafts.
                Brielle, NJ..Zone 7a

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                • #9
                  Omg it happened again to the exact same tree. This time the wind blew over the adjacent pot and it took out the i258. That's 3 times in its first growing season. I don't think I'm supposed to have i258.
                  Last edited by Royalfizbin; 09-08-2021, 12:15 PM.

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