I had to transplant this young dwarf peach as the site I had planted it in 2 years ago is now due to be built over. So, I've moved it into a pot pending its final location.

But I noticed this problem which I wonder has occurred at the graft site though it looks very high up on the stem, so maybe it's not the graft location. Do I need to do anything about it?

stem problem

Dwarf peach tree

And a close up of the area above

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  • There's a shiny blackened area above the branch joint in the first picture - is that weeping from the trunk, or something else?
    – Bamboo
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 0:34
  • It feels like some type of dry exudate. I've taken another picture from where it probably came from. Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 2:44
  • It looks rather like gummosis/canker, but if its dry and doesn't start exuding again, you might get away with it. Otherwise the area you're worried about does look rather like a bad graft, but it hard to say - it would have had to have been grafted as a standard, that is, the scion was grafted on top of a long straight stem off the rootstock. Not much you can do about problems at a graft point.
    – Bamboo
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 3:23
  • Do you have good bypass pruners? This last picture: cut off the four little branches to the right of the trunk. Wait, until I am able see better just 3...all three are dead. The closest branch I would use a spacer to increase the angle between that branch and the main trunk...just a chunk of 1" diameter branch you've cut off. Or just send more pictures. These trees always have lots of weeping. No big deal. That odd part of the trunk is fine EXCEPT in high winds. The tree will break off at that point. Rare thing to happen.
    – stormy
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 3:27

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This peach tree looks incredibly healthy for being dug up and potted. Seriously! That graft or injury is just fine. Obviously because the top growth isn't even wilted! Your tree looks very healthy. It would not if there were any problems with this injury, from staking or graft? This looks just fine. Keep it watered. How long until it gets its new home? I'd give it a little balanced fertilizer. Leave it alone except for regular watering, 2 X a week soaked?

When did you dig it up? I'd love to hear that part of the story and so would others. Did you do this last winter...for you...or during the growth season? Is this potting soil or the soil it was already in? (one of the rare exceptions for not using potting soil). Depends on how long before you'll be able to transplant it into a forever home...

As far as I am concerned this tree removal was a success! You should definitely aim for your fall/winter to transplant again. No later. Mycorrhizae addition when transplanting. Excellent health for a newly potted tree from the garden...did this tree have staking?

  • It's one month into our summer and I dug it up two days ago, and potted it then. It had been staked but the ties had rotted long ago. There's also leaf curl affecting the new and old leaves but it's not as bad as it was early summer. Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 2:46
  • The staking was done well down near the base using cloth and there's no damage from that. Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 3:12
  • The staking ties would easily have created the damage on the trunk. This tree was planted 2 years ago, correct? I am seeing some very happy leaf chewing...beetles...probably. Leaf curl helps protect the leaves when there are leaf eating beetles around. Happens an awful lot on Rhododendrons to the point they made rhododendrons WITH curled leaf edges. When do you think this tree will be able to planted? Two days ago? I would expect to see wilt and not seeing wilt. Amazing Graham.
    – stormy
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 3:16
  • Staking near the base? Huh. The higher the staking the more efficient according to physics! Probably turned out to be a very good thing because I am firmly against staking except for bare root trees and wind blown trees. Keep that tree well watered, I'd do every other day soaked. That tree has lost an awful lot of fine feeder roots. Keep it watered well. Allow it to dry out a day then soak it again. This is a newbie tree transplant...I thought this tree had been dug up a while ago. Only 2 days? Usually if there was any problem you'd see it by now. Cross my fingers!
    – stormy
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 3:21
  • Gees, send me a plane ticket and I'll take care of everything, sleep in a tent, on the ground...I hate winter!!! Grins!!
    – stormy
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 3:29

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