[NAFEX] Grafting-where did I go wrong

Laura Confal laura at innercite.com
Sat Jan 24 18:06:12 EST 2004

Gary -
I'll tell you best investment I made was a grafting tool to make omega
and notch graft cuts.  This will only do branch grafts up to about 3/4"
(really, 1/2" is probably more like it).   But for an amateur grafter
who only does a few grafts a year, this increased my success rate from
about 1% to 95%.  

I've had mine for a couple of years, and I don't remember where I got
it, nor does the box indicate a company name.  But the box it came in
says "To reorder please call 1-800-240-6373", Part # 153636.

zone 8/9 Northern Inland California

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Gary Woods
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Subject: [NAFEX] Grafting-where did I go wrong

Stop me before I murder some more perfectly good scions:

Last spring, I got several apple scions through the Seed Saver's
I had read up on grafting, attended a session at the meet in Decorah the
previous summer, got a nice sharp knife that passed the thumb test
(fortunately, the cut was so clean it healed quickly!), and all that.

I made a number of grafts, cleft ones in an attempt to "top work" an
ancient boundary row apple on growth perhaps an inch in diameter, an
(?) graft on similar growth, and a number of whip-and-tongue ones on a
lackluster red delicious in the back yard.  I had misplaced some acrylic
sealer I bought, so used the heavy bottom gunk from  an old can of
house paint to seal the grafts after taping them with some biodegradable
grafting tape bought at the same time as the knife and the "Doc
Grafting Seal," which I found a week after doing all this.

The base trees had broken dormancy and were starting to flower; scions
been kept in a plastic bag in the vegetable bin in the fridge and were
still dormant; nice green cambium visible when I made the cuts;
lined up, I hope correctly.  The success rate was, I think zero, though
some scions had green under the bark into fall, so I didn't cut anything
off, hoping they may "break" this spring.

I know there's as much art as science in this; have I given enough
information to go on?   I have Ed Fackler's book, which Dan Busey of
Savers swears is all anybody needs.


Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at www.albany.net/~gwoods
Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
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