If you're up for a citrus tree gardening challenge, you may want to try growing tube trees! Check out these four tips for growing the best citrus tube trees.
Growing tube trees comes with several benefits. The tubes placed around the trees work as a barrier of protection from pests and tree predators. They're easy to take care of because they make the tree-growing process much simpler.
If you're planning on growing a citrus tree, then you might want to consider tube trees! By following our tips listed below, you'll be a tube tree expert in no time. Continue reading to discover everything you need to know about growing the best tube trees.
1. Sink the Tube Into the Ground
Whether you use solid tubes or tubes with air hole vents in them, either one will work wonderfully for helping your citrus tree grow. What you do need to take note of, however, is that the tube needs to be implanted into the ground.
You want to sink the tube at least 1-2 inches into the ground. Doing so will prevent pests from using it as their home during the cooler months. It'll also prevent rodents from gnawing on the seedling's stem as well.
2. Protect It With a Mesh Cover
Mesh covers aren't mandatory, but they do come in handy. Unfortunately, wasps love to build their homes inside of tree tubes. If you allow them the chance to get inside, they will, and when you look down the tube to check your new seedling, you'll be greeted with a family of wasps.
A mesh cover will help keep the wasps out. You might notice fire ants building homes around the tube as well. If this is an issue, then place some fire ant bait out, and this should fix the issue.
3. Use It Until the Tree Trunk Fills It
Tube trees grow beautifully because the tube directs them upwards towards the sun. It helps them grow straight and tall. You may feel tempted to remove the tube around your tree when the sapling emerges through the soil.
We encourage you to leave the tube around the tree unit the tree trunk almost fills it completely. Keeping the tube until the trunk nearly fills it will prevent animals from damaging the tree.
4. Use Stakes for Support
Use zip ties to attach a stake to the tube for added support. Once the tree begins to grow, you can use a rope to tie the tree trunk to the stake as well. This will provide the support needed for tree trunks to hold the weight of the tree until it's strong enough to do so on its own.
Not all trees will need this extra support system, but some might.
The Best Tube Trees Are Grown With Love!
Growing tube trees is a great adventure to embark on. To grow the best tube trees, you only need a few tips and some tending loving care.
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