[NAFEX] first time grafting with parafilm
Sarah Kehler Ewing
skkewing at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 15 11:59:25 EDT 2009
My grafting parafilm from C. Frensch Ltd. is not perforated and it is only about 1/2" wide. What a pain that would be! I cut mine in the garden with my dollar store box cutter (that is all I ever use for grafting: cutting the rootstock, cutting the bud off and cutting the parafilm) to the specific length I need for every graft. A big rootstock obviously needs a longer piece of parafilm to adequately wrap around the graft site.
But then I am definitely a small time grafter!
> I'm guessing the Parafilm 'grafting tape' must be perforated.
> I'm in a laboratory setting, so I have ready access to the
> original Parafilm-M formulation. We buy it by the case in the
> 2"x 250 ft rolls, so when I finish off a roll - it takes years - I
> just get one from central supply and pay the business manager.
> I usually cut pieces about 3/4 inch wide by six inches in
> length in advance; one strip will do most apple/pear grafts, but I
> may use 2 or 3 pieces on a big pecan/hickory/walnut graft.
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