PLANTED a tamarillo tree about 18 months ago and this year it has
produced lots of fruit. Unfortunately, I lost two branches in windy
weather. I am not sure why they broke - presumably a combination
of fruit on the branch and a gust of wind. How can I stop this from
happening in the future? Do I need to remove the fruit so the branch
is not so heavy, or should I support the branches from underneath?
The tree is not in an exposed area of the garden.
are susceptible to breaking in the wind. The combination of large
leaves and the weight of fruit can put quite a stress on their relatively
I would try to support
the branches in some way rather than remove fruit. You could perhaps
prop them up with pieces of wood, one end on the ground, the other
supporting the branch. Place a pad on top of the support to minimise
rubbing damage to the branch at the point of contact. Or you may
be able to use long strips of cloth or plastic to hook around weak
branches and tie them up to the main trunk or stronger ones higher
up the tree.
Provide as much shelter
as possible without creating shade. Once the fruit has been picked,
remove the props and ties to encourage the branches to support their
own weight as much as possible.
Gardener, Issue 173, 2005, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.