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DanielW
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April 25, 2021 - 7:53 am

There was a question earlier about notching to encourage branches to grow from adventitious buds.

I wanted to add new branches to a tree that I want to lower the canopy.  This variety did not have low branches where I want them.  So I cut notches above a couple of buds, lower on the tree.  The cut was through the cambium, into the wood.  I used a single edge razor blade, which I should not do but I did.

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I think this worked nicely.  Now I want to notch a couple more locations.  Next year I might remove one branch above the location where the buds grew, and the following year remove the other.  This is Akane apple, which is very good and productive, so I don't want to lose the crop while these new branches are growing. 

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John S
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April 25, 2021 - 6:04 pm

Great post Daniel!

I did some notching last year and it worked somewhat, but not as well as yours.  I did some yesterday as well on the persimmons.  I read that it's best to notch a couple of weeks before flowering. 

You actually cut out a chunk of the bark.  I just made a slice.  Maybe your way works better than mine.

John S
PDX OR

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John S
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May 6, 2021 - 8:04 pm

I just checked, and one of my notches did work.  I find that I have to make notches on American persimmons more than any other species, because they tend to lose branches.  It is a rather odd phenomenon.  I also made some new gap/space notches, in which I actually removed some of the bark like you Daniel.  These are the ones where you can actually see where a section of the bark is missing.  We'll see how it works out.

John S
PDX OR

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