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I'm trying to tube some trees, to force them to grow large. I planted my sapling in a 1x1x2 hole, but this happened:

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Was tree tubing nerfed at some point?

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Do not know for sure but that may have gone the way of the dodo when the code was added that let trees grow right next to each other. – James Jul 13 '12 at 23:28
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Ok, I've done some research of my own, and the following seems to be the case:

Tree tubing does work, but not with dirt

Using dirt tubes of height 2 and 3, normal trees still grow: enter image description here

However, using cobblestone tubes, large trees always grow: enter image description here

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