Transplants? Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, and Swiss Chard- Oh My!

Discussion in 'Fruit and Veg Gardening' started by DogThumbs, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Happy

    Aug 23, 2010
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    Central Texas, zone 8
    DogThumbs, if half or a little less of a stem is still attached to the "mother plant" you may be able to reattach the broken part. You can either use florist tape (green, easily removed, and available at craft stores or at florists) to tape the broken parts together, or you can use small flat pieces of wood to make splints to hold the two pieces together by positioning the splints and wrapping twine around the splints. This is ideally a two-person process.
    A neighbor's cow came rampaging through our orchard area and broke the top of a young apple tree. I didn't have the florist tape so we used electrician's tape to put the main branch back together. This year that tree produced lovely apples. Gardeners live on hope!
  2. DogThumbs

    DogThumbs New Seed

    May 11, 2017
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    Thanks for the explanation! I had no idea. I thought it was done for like that. If this ever happens in the future I'll know what to do!
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  3. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

    Apr 11, 2006
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    Well Dog Thumbs, I do not know if it would have help4ed in your case...but as long ad there is a thin bit of tissue holding the two parts together there is a chance that you can save the plant. I have saved some this way,, but my success rate is not 100%; however, I have had enough success to give it a go from time to time.

    What gave me the idea was the coppicing technique. You know how that works in hedgerows, right? Well, in my way of thinking, the process is the same, just a much smaller scale. Anyhow, it is too late this time, but you may want to try it next time.
    A couple of years ago, i broke a bell pepper and a tom plant in transport... I splinted them both and they both made it to produce during the season.

    Good luck next time, DT's.
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