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.