Crabapple Seedling- Should I wire?

FrankP999

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I have some 1 year old crabapple seedlings that are about 10 inches tall and a bit thinner than a pencil. I planted them in the ground to fatten up quicker than in a pot.

Can I wire the "trunk" now to create some movement? Do crabapple bend easily and tolerate it well?

Thanks

Frank
 

John Ruger

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What I've found is that you almost have to, or else the trunk looks like a beer can. If you are going to use wire, then really pay attention to it because the bark will scar easily. A lot is going to depend on how much movement you want, but from what I've found is that you can create some serious bends and turns and they've held.
 
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