When is the best time to apply promalin or maxcel-the label instructions
for apples appear to be for either prior to bud break or for nursery sized
On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 10:40 AM, Kushad, Mosbah M <kus...@illinois.edu>
> My suggestion is not to head the leader unless it has reached its maximum
> height, then head it back to a weak lateral *in winter*. As you
> mentioned, tie-down the leader in early spring, but don’t forget to bring
> it back up after bud break and before it stiffens in mid-summer (early July
> in Illinois). You can also make a notch *above* dormant buds on the
> leader to break the apical dominance effect. Or you can brush/spray the
> blind-wood areas of the leader with Promalin. Promalin is a growth
> regulator, so its effect is subject to many factors including temperature,
> rootstock, tree vigor, spur/non spur, etc.
> Mosbah Kushad, University of Illinois
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> Behalf Of *Doug Nelson
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> *Subject:* [Apple-Crop] When to Head or Tie Down Tall Tall Spindle to
> promote lateral growth?
> I have second year old tall spindles. Some of them are near the maximum
> height. Most of them do not have enough lateral growth. When should I head
> the tree or Shepard hook the top of the tree down with twine?
> I am next to a commercial tree nursery. They Shepard hook tie down in
> Spring to promote lateral growth. A few youtube videos about tall spindle
> indicate to do head in mid summer if the trees are tall enough. No one has
> ever talked about shepard hooking tall spindle. The literature I can find
> online is silent on heading or shepard hooks.
> Doug Nelson
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