I harvested this tree in the pictures below first in 2006 and then harvested it again in 2010. And as you can see, I did not disturb the inner part of the tree by digging into the tree. It remains sealed and does not harm the Xylem or the Pith of the tree, by doing this, the Chaga will continue to grow as long as the tree lives. I will go back and harvest it again in 2014.
Most trees that die soon after being harvested for Chaga is caused by the harvesters digging or chiseling into the tree to get all of the Chaga out, this practice results in further damage being done to the structure of the tree. I was a certified Arborist for over 20 years and teach harvesters personally how to harvest these trees, adhearing to the I.S.A. (International Society of Arborculture) of pruning standards.
Yes, it is true that the Chaga will eventually kill the tree, but this tree because it has only one infection, will live for many more years with proper care.
The picture on the left is a perfect example of what not to do to the tree. As you can see, the pick-end of this axe (nice axe though) is driven almost clear through the heart of this tree.
If this tree wasn't dead before, it is now!
I am not the Creator nor the designer of this gift, but I am however one of Mother Natures little gardeners and do respect her laws. If we wound her a little bit, she will heal and give us more in time, but if we wound her too deeply and beyond her ability to heal, then there will be none for any of us!
If you deserve the best, then we have what you deserve!
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