Split trunk on mango

Q: I have a mango tree that I started growing from a seed in a pot twelve years ago. I’m very worried that I might be losing it. The trunk has been drying out. Is there a way to save it?

A: Things don’t look good. My theory is that the two opposing branches drew apart at the base, allowing a fungus or bacteria to invade. It is hard to predict what will happen now.

My advice is to use a piece of cloth to bind the two limbs so they can’t move any further apart. Then it is simply wait and see what happens.