Last winter, we suffered a severe cold snap. Okay, for those of you who live in more northerly climates, it wouldn’t seem all that cold to you perhaps. But, we had temps that ranged in the low 20’s for three days in a row, which is definitely below normal for us.
As a result, many trees and plants that normally stay green in the winter, suffered severe frost damage. That included my mother’s young Sissoo tree (Dalbergia sissoo).
I wrote about her tree and how the top died back to the ground. However, there were some new growth coming up from the bottom. So instead of taking out the tree, we opted to cut off the dead portion and let one the new growth take over.
We re-staked the little tree and waited to see how it would do.
That was in the beginning of June.
Now, just 4 1/2 months later, look at it now…
Doesn’t it look so much bigger?
That’s because it is.
Why has it grown so quickly? Well, that is because it had a great root system – actually the root system of a grown tree, so it had many resources to help it to grow quickly.
It is still hard to believe how quickly it grew. But, we are so happy with the decision to give it a chance instead of buying a new tree.
If we had planted a new tree, it would never have grown so quickly.
So, next time you have a frost-damaged tree, wait a few months to see if there is any re-growth – even if it is on the bottom.
You never know, it might end up with a fast-growing tree and save yourself some money at the same time 🙂
5 days and counting until my daughter’s due date. We had a ‘false alarm’ on Monday. But, I guess our little granddaughter wasn’t ready to come yet 😉