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Mangosteen broken main stem
« on: October 14, 2022, 07:11:58 PM »
Hello everyone

 Just needing some help with my mangosteen. The main stem got broken and I’m unsure if it will regrow a new central leader. I know almost all other trees do but with the growth pattern on garcinias I’m not sure if they do or not. It’s also hard to get a good answer since so few people grow them.

 I would just pull it out and start again but it’s looking so healthy otherwise and I’d have to convince my partner that it’s better to just start again. Anyone that has actual experience with mangosteen or garcinias would be greatly appreciated. I know almost all other fruit trees will just grow a new one but garcinia are special. I’ve had it about a year and it’s had new growth but no new stem

 If this was a big property I would just leave it but this is the only space I have for a mangosteen so this is my only chance to get it right so I can’t just plant more of them. I’ve asked a few people and they say it should be ok but didn’t sound too convinced.

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« Last Edit: October 14, 2022, 07:23:29 PM by 0hip »

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Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2022, 07:34:33 PM »
Chances are that it will eventually sprout out and grow a new leader. I would be patient and do not try to graft it as a solution. I grow many garcinias including mangosteen.
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Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2022, 08:03:46 PM »
I also believe it could sprout a new leader. You might consider putting a wire cage around it with 10 or 20% shade cloth on the sides but open on top. The light well that creates might stimulate vertical growth. Some light fertilization might also help move things along.

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Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2022, 08:33:56 PM »
Iíll be making a shade cage tonight. Thatís for the suggestion

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Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2022, 12:12:34 AM »
I cut off the main leader of my g. brasiliensis cause I wanted to chop off an unwanted graft on top. It regrew a new leader.

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Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2022, 05:52:43 AM »
It will be fine mate, I snapped the top off one of mine and it has resprouted new leader

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Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2022, 07:14:15 AM »
When you say it will sprout a new leader, do you mean a new shoot will form and become the new leader? I would have thought the vertical branch in the photo would become the new leader. No experience with growing Mangosteen.
« Last Edit: October 15, 2022, 07:09:45 PM by fruit nerd »

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Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2022, 04:09:44 PM »
Fruit nerd - that was my hope and why I pinned it up but Iím not sure if it would work or not

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Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2022, 10:22:52 PM »
Yes on mine I didnít tie anything up a new shoot eventually started off the main stem and became the new leader.

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Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2022, 11:19:51 AM »
New central leader(s) will grow back. Might take a while as mangosteen are generally slow growers outside of their native range. Attached is a photo of my Achaicharu which was cut back and has now come back with multiple leaders.


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Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2022, 10:39:43 PM »
Thanks fruitguy. Havenít seen any photos of it before and couldent find any online

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Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2023, 04:33:43 PM »
Well it managed to grow two new stems. I had already pulled it out of its in ground spot and took over a year and a half for it to happen but it did eventually grow new stems



 

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