Grow straights are guides that force the emerging shoot from successful budding to grow upright to produce a straighter trunk for conventional shade tree production.

They are usually inserted after the bud has taken and the top of the rootstock is removed.

This reduces the kink as the scion turns upright to form the trunk.

Photo of a field of grafted scions being trained by grow straights. Close up photo showing a grow straight set against a rootstock to guide the shoot in an upright direction.

Container grown magnolia showing stem training using a grow straight.

Photo of magnolia plants growing in containers, with grow straights training the stems to grow upright.

Detail photo of magnolia stem growing against a grow straight.