June 21, 2015
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.
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.
March 16, 2015
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.
March 16, 2015
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.
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