Complacency - A feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble. So I was complacent and now the question is... can this tree survive? I had it sitting out for several weeks with no deer damage, but last night was 1 night too long. So can it come back or anything I should do? This makes me so angry at myself! I could easily have had it in my fenced in garden (like I did last year), what a bonehead! : ) Bill (Getting old I guess.)
I don't think it'll even set it back a year, honestly. Trees, even young ones, are designed to get pruned back like that. Some of my young trees get eaten back by the deer a couple of times a season, and they grow back and thrive. Fall will be here soon enough anyway and it'll be nice and dormant
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My feeling is it will be fine, and may even benefit from it.
My personal mistake with fruit trees is letting them fruit too early. The weight of the fruit bends the stems and then the tree can't establish a good structure. These days I prune quite hard in the first few years to make sure the frame is good. The deer have done that work for you
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The branch with the most leaves on is from the rootstock. Should I cut it back some, would that be beneficial in the scion's recovery? I tend to leave one stem from the rootstock survive to keep it viable in case the scion fails for some reason. Thanks for all the input! Feeling better now.