Can you propagate a young crab apple tree with branches that were broken off?
We have a four foot tall crab apple tree in our backyard. Some kids were running around and accidentally sat on the tree breaking off three sizable branches. Can I put the branches in water to root/start new trees or what can I do to save the branches and the tree?
I’m so sorry to hear about the damage to the young crabapple, though I suppose kids being kids is just par for the course in a neighborhood garden setting. I’ve certainly lost my fair share of plants to scavenger hunts, hide and seek, and soccer balls!
Without seeing the remaining tree, I don’t know how it will fare, but if it’s only 4 feet tall as you indicate, this may be a bigger loss of material than it can weather. There isn’t much you can do except water it and see how it goes as the season progresses. Sometimes plants surprise us with their resiliency, but you may simply be in the market for a new crabapple sapling.