Grower Alan Clark has come up with a novel way to correct a cocked bud. No
longer does Alan have to re-adjust the straightener as the stem extends -
this method takes care of the adjustment automatically!
Use an expanding spring made of 0.8mm wire, of
8-10mm diameter and 5-7cm long.
Use a thin cane that slides easily inside the
Cut a groove across one end of the cane and
push a piece of cork on the other end.
Secure the spring to the stem of the plant,
taking the string over a leaf and adjust the height to give the desired
pressure under the bud.
A word of caution: depending on the strength of the spring, the method may only be suitable
for cultivars with a very strong neck.
Thanks to Alan Clark for sharing another of
his ingenious ideas, and Jack Gilbert for providing the photos