[NAFEX] rubber constrictors

tanis cuff tanistanis at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 1 22:17:01 EST 2003

Rubber electrician's splicing tape is RUBBER, slightly self-adhesive, wound 
on the roll with a plastic backing. You cut off a couple inches, peel off 
the backing, give the rubber a stretch, and wrap your graft.  (I use just 2 
long slanting cuts-- 1 on the scion, & 1 on the stock.)  It holds snug and 
seals, if you wrap beyond the union's ends.  It degrades enough w/in a 
growing season to not worry about it.  (In several years, I think I had ONE 
fall off a little too soon, and ONE stay on a little too long !)

I think it is maybe 3/4" wide; I see that as it's main advantage!  Don't 
know how fast it would degrade if you buried the new graft.  Hmm, you've got 
me pondering how to test this...


>From: "del stubbs" <pinewoodel at hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: Re: [NAFEX] rubber constrictors
>Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2003 03:00:48 +0000
>>Ouch.  Have you ever tried grafting w/ rubber electrician's splicing tape? 
>>  It seals against itself but also degrades quickly enough to free up the 
>>girth.  After trying other tapes, wraps, straps, & grafting waxes, I now 
>>use R.E.S.T. only.
>I only used rubber bands the first year, have tried cheap (75 cent) plastic 
>electric tape from the farm store, is REST something special?
>It would be nice if it came narrower than 3/4. Constricted grafts are one 
>hazard of using seedling rootstock - where the idea is to bury the graft. 
>The sun never sees the graft union. In the case of the pear the graft was 
>not buried deep enough to self-root either.  Del

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