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FrankDrebinOfFruits

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Using weights on young mango trees
« on: Today at 02:50:19 PM »
I had been using 7' long steel poles to try to pull down branches, and I was not extremely successful due to winds lifting the poles out that were hammered in. I recently watched a video on the youtube channel "What's Ripening". The video reviewed a technique of using weights that I had read about several times (and heard described by several speakers and posters on TFF).  Seeing it on video gave me the courage to try it on a few trees. It was very practical for the reasons described in the video.

One thing I have noticed over the last couple years, the first scaffold is extremely critical in the mango's growth habit. The better formed the first scaffold up from the ground the better shape the tree takes on over its life. I would like to hear other opinions.

I had some old broken hollow tile blocks I was planning to use for fill. Bought a few hundred feet of rope for a few dollars. So its a cheap fix.

Here is Simon discussing the idea a few years ago.
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=2965.msg42368#msg42368

Here is a link to the video. I appreciate he shares his successes and failures, and hope to do the same for the fruit community. The video is long but watching a 10min video is better than recovering from a bunch of failures :)
https://youtu.be/zue_OjqKR60?t=353


One other thing I remember from Dr Yonnemoto (...I think it was him...), you want to keep an angle 10 degrees above the horizon. This encourages new growth on the terminal (via the auxins). If you bend it too far down, the tree will try to form new buds or push growth elsewhere. There was also another note on heaving a branch heavily loaded with fruit and the benefits of a slight upward angle.  Anyone hear of anything similar?

Here is an example (this is a slightly sick Juliette):

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Ulfr

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Re: Using weights on young mango trees
« Reply #1 on: Today at 04:01:56 PM »
Cool idea. I used to muck around with bonsai and have wired fruit tree branches before to get the desired direction. They obviously have to be young branches for that.

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Re: Using weights on young mango trees
« Reply #2 on: Today at 06:15:47 PM »
I'm training six young Soursops in ground using small logs as weights and twine to tie it off. I have gotten the first scaffold branches to behave. Those trees tend naturally towards upright growth making the fruit hard to harvest or hand pollinate. It is working so far, along with some selective pruning of upright growing shoots. The video maker is a friend, I asked for the update.

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Re: Using weights on young mango trees
« Reply #3 on: Today at 07:08:33 PM »
Perfect timing for me to see this post ..... I agree ..........any effort you can put in the early years to change the shape of the tree for the better should be done ....... no different than pruning

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