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MYTH BUSTER ABOUT WHIPPING TREES TO MAKE THEM FRUIT

by Alan - December 13th, 2010.
Filed under: Myth Buster.
  • Whipping trees to make them fruit was an ancient custom.
  • Sometimes the bark of a tree is very tight, with little room for nutrition to flow freely through the cambium layer.
  • If the bark is softened or split in some way, the bark has to grow around that split, making more and looser bark, carrying more nutrients through the tree.
  • In some areas apple trees were threatened with ‘I’ll cut your throat’ if they didn’t fruit.
  • If the bark was slit with a knife, the tree would often prosper.

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