[nafex] parafilm results

dwalsh/wchase wchase at interchange.ubc.ca
Wed May 30 12:21:12 EDT 2001


Mark,

If you are tying the scionwood and r/s together with budding rubbers, you don't
need parafilm.

I think those using parafilm use it instead of rubbers.

Mail delivery scionwood and mail delivery rootstocks, if in poor condition would
certainlybcontibute to your lack of success.

Why not check out the West Cascade Fruit Society centered in Seattle? They have an
Annual Meeting in Puyallup or thereabouts each year and sell rootstocks and
scionwood and other grafting supplies.

The WCFS also has a really good Fall Fruit Show. Last year it was in Tukwila.

The last newsletter I can find is Fall 2000 ... Evelyn Troughton has been the
newsletter editor for years, her email address is   etroughton at juno.com   she will
direct you to the current Executive.

If you don't get a response, email me privately and I'll give you some addresses
other members of 2000 Executive.

Cheers,

Derry

Derry Walsh & Bill Chase  email:wchase at interchange.ubc.ca
Aldergrove,  B. C.,  Canada
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Lee" <piper3 at uswest.net>
To: <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 7:51 AM
Subject: [nafex] parafilm results


: I have used electrical tape for many years when doing grafts of
: apple.  I would typically have 80% of the grafts take.  One problem
: with the tape is when it is removed, the adhesive stick too well to
: the bark, and strips off a chuck of bark from the graft, killing it.
: When I leave the tape on, it girdles the branch and restricts
: development.  Two seasons ago I started using parafilm.  I hold the
: grafts together with budding rubbers and cover them with a single
: layer of parafilm.  Parafilm is easy to put on, and since it has no
: adhesive, it is easy to remove, eliminating my tape-related
: problems.  I did 10 grafts last year, with about 3 taking but
: eventually drying out.  This year I did 30 grafts, with about 5
: taking, but these too look like they will dry out and die also.  With
: parafilm it looks like I will have no success with 40 grafts over 2
: seasons.
:
: Two things other than parafilm changed in the last two seasons, so
: parafilm may not be the cause of my failure.  Change #1: All of my
: scionwood was obtained through the mail, while previously I got the
: wood fresh locally.  Change #2: The rootstock was obtained through
: the mail, and the roots were not very abundant.  The roots planted
: this year are putting out lots of leaves below the graft, but above
: the graft are dried scionwood.
:
: For those of you having success with parafilm, any advice for me?
: Any suggestions or comments?
: Thanks,
: Mark Lee in Seattle
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