[nafex] parafilm results

Gianni GIANNI-2 at prodigy.net
Wed May 30 13:45:33 EDT 2001

Merely a suggestion...
Try soaking your dried scions in a good water soluble fertilizer that has indole compounds
& gibberellins, coupled with misting or spray for about 12 hrs depending on appearance, 
can (but not always depending on severity of drying damage) revive and or completely 
restore & reconstitute cuttings, to give a better shot at "the take".
Best of growing,
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mark Lee 
  To: nafex at yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 10:51 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 

  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?
  Mark Lee in Seattle

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