damaged apple tree - Knowledgebase Question

proctor, Mi
Question by mapadaisy34
June 24, 2010
daughter planted apple tree at school last year. Kids damaged tree. Tree did not sprout leaves on branches, but began to sprout at the bottom. Is tree growing from the grafting (if that was done) or is it trying to survive by growing there. Is it o.k. to cut the trunk down to the new growth and plant or just forget the whole thing.

Answer from NGA
June 24, 2010


New sprouts from the base of the tree means the top is dead (or nearly so) and the roots are attempting to send up another sprout which can turn into a tree. I'd cut the old trunk down and let the new stem grow.

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