How To Braid Trees Or Plants?

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I live in AZ and doing research for in the fall. I want to get 2 Palo Verdes and twist the trunks together to look like 1 tree. How?

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Absolom Gabriel

Absolom Gabriel · Gardenality Seedling · Zone 7A · 0° to 5° F
I would like to know how to do this as well!

10 years ago ·
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Answer #1 ·'s Answer · Hi PJ,

I'm assuming you are referring to braiding the trunks.

Here's general instructions for braiding with 3 trunks. You may twist 2 trunks, however, the effect is much better with 3.

1- You will need to do one of two things to obtain the necessary plant(s) to create a braided specimen.

A) You can find a plant.

You can find a plant in the garden or in the home that has 3 trunks that are at least 6 inches in height and are thin and flexible. About 1/2 inch in diameter or less is best. If this is not possible you'll have to go and hunt for three plants at you local nursery or garden center. The plants may be purchased separately or already growing together in one pot. If they are growing together in one pot the trunks need to be very close together. Once a plant is rooted in a pot it won't be possible to separate and re-position the trunks without damaging and most likely killing the plant. If you can find three separately potted plants that match you can plant them very close together. You'll have to find the plants in very small containers. 3-4 inch pots or quart pots at the largest.

B) Seeding or Rooting.

You can also seed or root your own plants in a pot. Plant three seeds or cuttings together at the center of the pot. Once rooted and tall enough the braiding process can be started.

2- You will need to stake the plant and prep it for braiding.

Obtain two small bamboo stakes, 1/4 or 1/2 inch diameter is preferable, and about 3 feet in height. Insert the two stakes into the soil on the left and right side of the plant. The stakes will support the plant after you have started the braiding. Now its time to remove the stems and leaves from the lower trunks leaving only the leaves and stems at the top. The trunk surface should be smooth.

3- Start the braiding process.

Hold the center stem with one hand, and the right stem with the other hand. Carefully cross the right stem over the center stem. Then cross the left stem over the right stem. Continue to place each stem over one another to complete the braid. Lightly tie a strip of twine or plastic tie tape around the end of the braid to tie the stems together. Then tie the center and top of the braid to the plant stakes as well, keeping the plant in place. Remove the twine from the plant, once the trunk has grown an additional 6 inches, and braid the stems again.

Hope this helps you.

Happy braiding!

Brooks Wilson)

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Answer #2 · PJ Ellis's Answer · Thank you I will give it a try (when it gets cooler),)

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