|Sleeping on the Job!|
It had been leaning to the side, a little bit, earlier in the week, probably due to the weight of the fruit! I showed it to M when he was here on Friday and we wondered if we should prop it up, but, decided it should be OK. It was still standing upright, albeit leaning even more, when I watered it, yesterday. After that, I didn't check on it, all day, until just before going to bed, very early this morning, when I happened to look outside and noticed that I couldn't see the tree! So, I opened the back door and looked and I could see it leaning all the way over! I wondered if the trunk had broken or it uprooted itself, but, decided to wait until morning to go and check on it.
Well, it hasn't uprooted itself and the trunk is intact, but, oh, the poor thing is bent over! It is, after all, only a little tree. The trunk is not even three inches in diameter at its thickest. It is too top heavy with the branches laden with fruit!
I texted the picture to M this morning, although I hate to disturb him on a Sunday, his one free day in the week, asking him what I should do. So far, (10:45 a.m. as I type this), I haven't heard back from him. I don't know what, if anything we can do, at this point, other than let it be until I can pick the fruit. Once the fruit have been picked, we can prune the tree and probably stake it or something!
I did water it, this morning.
I am grateful that the trunk didn't split and it didn't uproot itself!
Update: M called just a few minutes after I posted this! He'll be over in the afternoon, with something we could use as a prop! Stay tuned!