what does a stick placed beside a growing tree do to help?

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what does a stick placed beside a growing tree do to help?

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That stick is called a stake. It is to help the floppy tree sapling have something to help guide it. Mostly used to stabilize unruly plants or to help a plant grow a particular way.

Most fruit trees are grafted. This means you cut a branch off a good fruit tree and stick that on a stem of a similar tree that only has roots. This effectively clones the tree you took the branch off of while giving you the advantages of the roots you stick it onto (either better disease resistance and/or dwarfing so it doesn’t grow too big).

That graft point where the two connect is a major weak point and needs to be reinforced with a separate support. The branch also was not grown to support it’s weight vertically and may take a few years to be able to hold it’s own weight in its new orientation. A stiff stick next to the tree helps solve these two issues.

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Also, if the baby tree is in a park or a lawn the stick acts as a sign to the person mowing to avoid that spot. I planted 10 seedlings mowed over 6 of them before they were tall enough to notice.