June 8, 2010 at 9:13 am #252400
One of the branches off one of my beautiful tamarillo trees (I have two) blew off yesterday at just above ground level (the tree has several branches at the point). The branch would be around 6′ long, quite thick & had lots of lovely growth on it. The tree is less than a year old. Is it possible to pot this up & continue growing it (& if so, how do I get it to root) or is it a gonner? And should I do anything to protect the tree from nasties – the resulting wound where the branch snapped off is quite large & jagged.
Thanks for any help.June 9, 2010 at 2:12 am #467561
Dunno about the potting on, but getting hold of some grafting wax and covering the wound will help to protect it against grreeblies.
NevJune 9, 2010 at 3:54 am #467562
Thanks for that suggestion. I’ll go & get some wax this afternoon. The wound is quite large. I’ve tied the rest of the tree onto supports – we’ve had a severe wind warning for today & the last thing I want is t=for the rest of the tree to go as well 😮 I’ve popped the branch into a bucket of water in the mean time in the hopes I might be able to do something with it (although I suspect that even if I tried to propagate it, it’s probably the wrong time of the year…always the way!).June 9, 2010 at 4:44 am #467563
They do say they are easy to propogate from cuttings…but saying this, I have NEVER managed to get one growing successfully!
I have one that has a very tall ‘trunk’ before any branches start…useless to pick fruit from without a ladder. I want to know if I cut it off about a metre from the ground would the tree die or put out more branches?????June 9, 2010 at 5:11 am #467564
I cut the top off mine when it reaches about 1.5m to encourage branching. I don’t cut heaps off…more like a prune-tip…but it seems to stop it growing just one trunk. So far it’s worked – I have two trees under a year old & they both have several large branches coming from quite low down the trunk.August 15, 2010 at 3:24 am #467565
Thought I’d give a bit of an update.
I originally put the fallen branch into a bucket of water until I could decide what to do with it, if anything. All but the top leaves fell off & it was looking a bit sorry for itself but it was still alive. I did a bit of a hunt round the net & found info on propagating tamarillos from cuttings.
I cut the stem up into several lengths, put rooting hormone on one end & popped them into a pot. I also did the same with some cuttings I took off my trees. I removed all but the top leaves off most of the cuttings.
Fast forward to around a month later. All but one of the cuttings have taken (but when I looked today, I think that last one is now putting on some growth) – they all have new growth & one even looks likes it’s about to flower (?!). The stalks had all dropped off on their own about a week after I potted them up but where I had left the top/small leaves, they have stayed & have continued to grow.
I think they’re almost ready to take out of the greenhouse. I might wait until next month when it (hopefully) starts to warm up a bit before taking them out & hardening them off. From my reading, tamarillos propagated via cuttings (as opposed to seed) stay a smaller size overall & are good for pots or places where it gets too windy for the larger trees (where they risk breaking limbs like mine did). So I’ll be very interested in seeing how these go!
Needless to say, I now have eight tamarillo plants that are surplus to requirements (although one is going to a friend & I might keep one to put into a pot to see how they go).
Anyone want a tamarillo plant?!August 16, 2010 at 9:35 am #467566
I would love a tamarillo. I have a few packets of eden seeds to swap. Or let me know if there is anything else you want as an exchange.:D
pm me if you like.
PaulAugust 19, 2010 at 7:18 am #467567
Have sent you a PM, Paul.
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