Plumeria forum: How can I support this broken branch?

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 10, 2016 8:20 PM CST
The branch has been compromised on this white NOID. It happened at least a few months ago while in the crowded greenhouse. There is new leaf growth and it seems to be doing just fine. But it needs support. One false move and it will be gone. I have used electrical tape two times without success. Any other ideas for me?
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drdawg
Apr 10, 2016 8:27 PM CST
Two things come to mind.

Splint it with anything thin enough and stiff enough to hold the parts together. You can bind those splints with painter's tape.

Cut above and below the break and graft the two ends together. Again, you'll need to splint the two parts.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 10, 2016 8:47 PM CST
Phew! Graft? I have never done that. That scares me. I think I will try the painter's tape and splints. Like Popsicle sticks?
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Apr 11, 2016 4:45 AM CST

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Yes, popsicle sticks should work. Just remember this won't heal. I would also suggest grafting. Just make fresh cuts in both sections, a 45 degree angle is preferable, and then do the popsicle stick and tape routine, matching up the two sections as best as you can. This is an excellent time of year to graft.
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drdawg
Apr 11, 2016 6:24 AM CST
I agree
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 11, 2016 12:06 PM CST
I agree. It has been like this (unbeknownst to me) for many months. It has dried in this position.

I did this for now til i get brave and have the time to take my time and graft for the first time. I think there is a Sticky on how to graft? Which cut do you both prefer, diagonal? "V"?

I used an emery board. Thin enough to contour thick enough to hold and protect. The little 30" tree has 4 branches. So if the graft doesn't take, it will still be balanced somewhat.
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Apr 12, 2016 12:58 PM CST

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