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  • broken main limb, seal area?

    Lost a third of my tree yesterday, most likely due to some neighbor's kids playing in the back. At least they left me the branch. In the picture each square of floor is 1x1 to give you an idea of scale. As you can see it peeled off at the bottom from a 3 inch wedge. Do I need to seal off trunk where the scar is?
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    Queens, NY. Zone 7B. Restarting my collection.

  • #2
    I'll let those with more practical knowledge answer the direct question (but I would think the answer is "yes"). As for the branch, that looks like a lot of cuttings that could give you backups to your mother tree.
    Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

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    • #3
      any opening is an opportunity for any number of infections...insect, bacterial, fungal......patch it up...move on

      I used to use Grants grafting paste...but it's unavailable...there are any number of materials (pastes) available to seal it up (not a spray).....let it dry off, then apply

      DB's right....good opportunity for some cuttings...there's always a silver lining....
      Ross B. Santa Rosa Calif zone 9b, wish list: CdD Blanc, Igo, Palmata, Sucrette, Morroco, Galicia Negra

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      • #4
        Seal it for sure.

        what kind is it?
        Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

        “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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        • #5
          Atreano. Thoughts on some readily available materials to seal it with?
          Queens, NY. Zone 7B. Restarting my collection.

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          • #6
            Any limb sealer, tar, toilet ring wax.
            Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

            “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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            • #7
              Atreno cuttings will be easy to trade or sell.
              Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

              “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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              • #8
                Oh, and one step ahead of ya!
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                Queens, NY. Zone 7B. Restarting my collection.

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                • #9
                  Liquid electrical tape seems fairly popular these days.

                  http://www.walmart.com/ip/16351039?w...944112&veh=sem
                  Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Rubado

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                  • #10
                    I forgot about the liquid electric tape Don. ... good call.
                    Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                    “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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                    • #11
                      I found the LET easier to use than wood glue or silicone caulk but they all seem to work.
                      Bob C.
                      Kansas City, MO Z6

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                      • #12
                        I'm a wax guy myself, just personal preference toward a simple natural compound.
                        Calvin, Wish list is to finish working on the new house, someday.
                        Bored? Grab a rake, paint roller, or a cordless drill and come over!

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                        • #13
                          I have lots of wood glue on hand and the chemicals in the Liquid tape worry me a bit. I'll give wood glue a try. Thanks for the responses.
                          Queens, NY. Zone 7B. Restarting my collection.

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