This is normal, right? Our temps are pretty mild here but sometimes things grow a lot in a short time. This is on the ESE side. Should I do something to help this? I notice that is kind of along the paint line, though that’s not easy to see in the pic. I just painted more or less on the South side. I guess if paint helps with borers, I should probably paint all around. Not great photos…one from outside the vole screen; one looking down, inside the screen.
What is the species? It is something I’ve not quite seen before- at least how the photo represents it. Cracks that don’t break the cambium sheath are usually harmless and a sign of vigorous growth. If there is healthy green tissue between the scars and the wood, I wouldn’t worry about it.
This is a Toka plum. I’ll take a look for the green. Things do have huge growth spurts here at times and I figured that’s what had happened, but with my tiny bit of experience so far, I don’t trust my opinion. Thanks!
I’d give it a coat of something to avoid Jessica’s plight but I don’t think my little trees liked my paint so well…I don’t think it’s an unrelated coincidence that this split basically follows the paint pattern. I should probably thin it more…it is high grade stuff and it was at least a 65% paint mixed with H20.
That’s a good question, Alan. The usual suggestion is some cheap, interior, water-based latex and I ended up with some pricey stuff, and I think it was too much something…maybe too tough, with some additives. The exterior type has those additives that you describe and is tough and elastic…not good. Like I said, I could have thinned it quite a bit more. Several of my tiniest seedlings croaked soon after getting painted, and several others seems to be set back a bit. I need cheaper paint.
Thanks! This coming Winter I may have some scion wood, too. Since my trees are so young I’m not sure they qualify; so, I’ll look into that, and how to PM…should be easy, I’ve just never done it. Also, I could make a list of all the cultivars I have because my approach to having ‘two of this (fruit) and two of that’ included a lot of scion swapping as part of the master plan to make most everything into a multi-tree.