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Old 08-31-2010, 01:48 AM #1
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Hurricane coming hurricanes

Already had a big plant partially snap in a mild windstorm the other day, it was pretty exposed, I am very worried about her sister though, my best plant, she is a monster w/2"+ stem. Is there anything we can do? Stake it down from multiple angles worth the effort?
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:59 AM #2
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maybe cover her with a net and stack the net down, that should allow the branches enough play so they don't brake in the high winds, although it's nearly impossible to save a plant in the direct path of a hurricane i imagine.
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Old 08-31-2010, 05:21 AM #3
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Put a sturdy pole/stick in the ground next to the base of the plant, careful not to break and roots... then tie the pole to the plants stalk along several places.. This will help prevent it from breaking during strong winds... though if a tree falls on it, not much you can do then.
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:09 PM #4
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Stake it man! We have ferocious thunderstorms here and the occassional hurricane remnant.

Around here, they have to be staked from 2' tall onward. When theyre small, a deer will step on them and break them if theyre not staked, but by the time the plant is head high, if its not staked, then sooner or later, its on the ground dead.
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D.S. is right on the man knows his guerrilla grows! i'd get some bamboo and make a tepee with about 5 stakes so it restricts the plant's motion and then you can tie up the main branches to it if you want.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:55 PM #6
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Thanks, I dropped off 2 contractor stakes last night and will come in the backway tonight to stake her off. I also got to inspect the previous wind damage a little more.

The two smaller (Still 1/2-1lb'ers!) got hit pretty hard, but I don't care about those as much, there branches break very easy and they are late as well. The big girl actually did have one of her big branches break though! It broke away from the trunk, which seems thats the only way they can break. I plan to wrap those branches so they can't get pulled away from the trunk & snap, and I will also drive those two large stakes in and tie her off tonight.

We are going to have gusts up to 70mph, but I know the weathermen predict the worst in these situations for disaster reasons, so I am hoping for the best. The wind & damage to the smaller two actually helped, they needed some training, but maybe not quite to that extent (I lost 2 branches, probably a qp's worth).

My smaller plants at other sites & my other monster, 2nd best plant, that I have only visited twice after planting & have done nothing to, are going to be left on there own & the next day I'll be checking on them & making any needed repairs.

You guys think it's ok to use guerrilla tape to wrap around some of these branches & stems or will the glue have a bad effect? I mean shit, it is called guerrilla tape, lol.

Thanks for the tip on bamboo!!! I have a bunch near the monster spot and will probably snag some and try to reinforce the smaller two plants also.

FYI, This SUCKS, months and months of hard work about to go down the drain. Screw the raindance, we all need a 'blow earl out to sea' dance.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:27 PM #7
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You guys think it's ok to use guerrilla tape to wrap around some of these branches & stems or will the glue have a bad effect? I mean shit, it is called guerrilla tape, lol.
The gorilla tape is good stuff. I used it last year on a couple of big plants with limbs broken/peeled away from the trunk. I also used hose clamps to pull the broken base of the limb back tight to the trunk. I then wrapped the hose clamps with the gorilla tape.

Good luck man, I hope you come through with no problems.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:39 PM #8
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Is there anything in the area to use as a Natural wind barrier? branches,Hanging limbs to pile up arround her making the surroundings basically act as a sort of shield? I am assuming its in the woods or something similar. Best of luck friend.
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bad situation, i don't do outdoors anymore, but had many disasters hit in years gone by
some kind of wind wall might help, this is just off the cuff thinking
not directly attached to plant, maybe a few feet away in the likely wind direction
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natural wind barrier is a great idea.....

the gorilla tape is perfect for mending broken branches...grab something nearby ( or cut a piece of the bamboo ) and make a splint then tape it up....
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