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Atlanta, GA, USA
Mocall
May 16, 2020 3:08 PM CST
We have a young Japanese Maple we're growing in a container on our patio, and this morning we accidentally damaged one of the branches near the top while moving it (picture below).

We're able to rest the branch on the ledge of our patio so that it is pressed back against the trunk as in one of the pictures below, however this forces some of the other branches awkwardly into the siding of the patio, so I'm not sure if this is the best solution or if there is something better to do. What's the best way to heal this break?

We planted this tree as part of our wedding ceremony so there's a bit of sentimental value with it that's making us nervous. We're also both relative novices when it comes to gardening so we appreciate any and all advice!

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BigBill
May 16, 2020 3:25 PM CST
I would clip it off. No matter what remedy you try it will never be a strong fix. You'll only have it fail again. Might as well trim it off and worry about the rest of the plant.
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DaisyI
May 16, 2020 4:14 PM CST
Yes, cut it off. Japanese Maples are very brittle so this won't be the last time it happens. The hole in the stem will fill in with bark.

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