Preventing apical dominance of the main stem on a plant results in:

(Zone 7a)
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 Polls

Tulsa, OK(Zone 6b)

wow I am number 2. I've never gotten this close to being 1st

Albuquerque, NM(Zone 7b)

A good topic for parties, this one.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

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

Albany, NY(Zone 5a)

Lol i agree with pirl! do you mean pruning?

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

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.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

It must be Smarty Pants Day

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9a)

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...

Albuquerque, NM(Zone 7b)

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.

(Judith) Denver, CO(Zone 5b)

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.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

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

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

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

Minneapolis, MN

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

(Zone 7a)

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

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

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

waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

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

Lamar, AR(Zone 7b)

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

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

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

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

I'm proud of everyone! I thought it would be harder than it was!

(Judith) Denver, CO(Zone 5b)

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

Albany, NY(Zone 5a)

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

(Carole) Cleveland, TX(Zone 9a)

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

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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


Thumbnail by Resin
Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Very nice, Resin!

Oviedo, FL(Zone 9b)

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

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Abies grandis


Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

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

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