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Save a tree?

 
Rob Sigg
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So high winds took my apple tree down, snapped right at the collar of the graft. I think I know the answer and its a long shot, but is there any way of saving it? It is completely off, full foliage and even fruit. Its only about 7 feet tall, and has been planted for a little over a year. I think the caliper is about 3-4 inches.
 
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is the cambium layer attached at any point or is it two pieces now.
 
                            
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During a hurricane some 22 years ago, a winesap apple tree was uprooted and fell over near the house I currently live in (I wasn't here then, being only 3 years old at the time). But it continued to live and grow and after years of neglect I pruned off a lot of wood this winter and now there looks to be a large set of fruit getting bigger by the day. Apples seem pretty tough.

That said, it sounds like your tree broke? There are possibilities of bridge grafts if some of the cambium is still attached. If nothing else, get it up and wrapped and staked soon if there is any attachment remaining. If not, I think the tree is lost. Possibly the root system might send up new shoots and you could graft onto those, but after a major loss at this time of year, the roots might be exhausted...
 
Rob Sigg
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no attachments im afraid. Ill see what my grafting options are. Thanks everyone.
 
Rob Sigg
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Well Starkbros (starkbros.com) have come through for me again. They have replaced it for me for free. They are a really great company, I can't say enough about them.
 
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