[NAFEX] Splice grafting, knifes & more.
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Thu Mar 11 08:21:18 EST 2004
On Mar 11, 2004, at 8:03 AM, Jwlehman at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 3/10/2004 1:12:41 AM US Eastern Standard Time,
> pinewoodel at hotmail.com writes:
> . . . Bind the splice graft with a grafting rubber. Then cover with
> Parafilm, a medical product that when stretched and wrapped the
> overlapping seals in moisture while allowing gasses to escape. Cover
> the entire graft with it. The bud pushes through, no problem, every
> time. Unless of course you but a huge number of wraps on it. But I've
> even had buds push through Parafilm and aluminum foil that was
> covering that to keep the graft cool in the sun.
> . . .
What's your opinion of strips of plastic from a supermarket produce
bag? The stuff is stretchy and easy to work with, and free and easy to
I have also found masking tape difficult - as you say, it doesn't have
the stretch to pull together a slightly uneven cut, or even hold a
perfect cut firmly, so when I used it I felt I needed rubber
underneath. And it was very hard to form a tight seal over uneven
wood, since the stuff wants to stay flat. But I've had good luck with
strips of plastic bag. I've tried them with and without rubber
underneath, and don't remember if it made a difference. I did need to
remove the stuff at the end of the season.
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