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(Zone 7a)


May 2, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8534596

There are a total of 173 votes:


Side stems growing, making the plant appear bushier.
(162 votes, 93%)
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It will produce flowers earlier.
(2 votes, 1%)
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The fruit will ripen sooner
(1 votes, 0%)
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The plant will quit growing and become dormant.
(4 votes, 2%)
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The plant will grow taller.
(4 votes, 2%)
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Previous PollsPinching the growing tip from a plant prevents apical dominance of that stem. The result of this is side buds start to grow.

Pughbear7
Tulsa, OK
(Zone 6b)

May 2, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8534602

wow I am number 2. I've never gotten this close to being 1st
dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2011
10:05 AM

Post #8534630

A good topic for parties, this one.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
10:08 AM

Post #8534640

Just saying 'apical dominance' leads non-gardeners to rolling their eyes.

OutlawHeart81

OutlawHeart81
Syracuse, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2011
11:10 AM

Post #8534727

Lol i agree with pirl! do you mean pruning?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
11:46 AM

Post #8534767

Pinching out the new growth at the top (apical) of a plant to make it bushier. It automatically forms two new stems. Do it again and again with the new growth and you have a very full plant.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2011
2:00 PM

Post #8535100

It must be Smarty Pants Day

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 2, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8535147

LOL sallyg. At least we all got the right answer so far;o) Someone who really has no clue what the answer is can figure it out pretty by process of elimination...
dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8535175

Either that or type "apical dominance" into google.

Now I'm curious what a Spruce tree would look like if you pinched it when young. Maybe like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 2, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8535223

dparsons01, you've seen it when lightning hits a tree and tops it, it grows two treetops!

The big clue was "main stem." Do anything with the main stem and it's going to produce a shorter, fuller plant. Beats me what "apical" means! But at least we're not stupid! So far we all have the right answer.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 2, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8535518

Hmmmm... I wonder if I got my head pinched off I would grow two heads. I could use that somedays. Yep ~ both the pinching off and the two heads.

So, we all concur so that makes us correct? Usually the answer is up there or do I need four eyes to see it? lol
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
6:02 PM

Post #8535560

Your eyes are fine. The answer isn't there but we all have it right.
Erutuon
Minneapolis, MN

May 2, 2011
8:10 PM

Post #8535911

Apical just means "of the tip". It's a Latin-style adjective from "apex". So apical dominance means dominance of the growing tip.

This message was edited May 2, 2011 9:11 PM

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
8:26 PM

Post #8535934

Ha! Got it right. Thank goodness for training in Latin.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 3, 2011
5:57 AM

Post #8536443

Sorry gang...I forgot to put the answer in the results. Thanks for the nudge!

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 3, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8537543

Considering I didn't know what 'apical dominance' was I just took a shot and got it right. Doesn't happen often.

Cambium

Cambium
Lamar, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 3, 2011
8:03 PM

Post #8538264

LOL I saw "apical" and just thought of an "A" for shape! Got my vote right too. Fun-fun.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2011
9:27 AM

Post #8539176

Looks like we weren't to be fooled on this one! LOL!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 4, 2011
9:40 AM

Post #8539196

I'm proud of everyone! I thought it would be harder than it was!
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 4, 2011
11:11 AM

Post #8539396

Geek-speak to gardeners! It's a piece of cake!

OutlawHeart81

OutlawHeart81
Syracuse, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2011
1:31 PM

Post #8539640

:) i know from my rosemary what happens, and now i know the technical term!

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 5, 2011
6:20 AM

Post #8541045

Yea! ty! I've learned something today!!
Like you, Meezer, my thought process went "dominance" + "main stem" / prevent that = bushy!

This message was edited May 5, 2011 7:22 AM

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 5, 2011
1:18 PM

Post #8541856

Here's some nice apical dominance, 57 metres of it!

Resin

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melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 5, 2011
1:23 PM

Post #8541862

Very nice, Resin!

gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8544469

Dear Resin,
What kind of tree is it? I love the shape.
Martha

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2011
1:12 AM

Post #8547082

Abies grandis

Resin

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


May 9, 2011
8:13 AM

Post #8549577

That sure is a tall and narrow Abies grandis! I'm used to the wider and fuller growing coastal form.

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