[NAFEX] Grafting and Grafting Cuts
b.cannon at worldnet.att.net
Wed Mar 10 12:49:16 EST 2004
>From time to time I teach grafting and have found that practice will
make better if not perfect. Since many of us only have few valuable
trees and don't want to willy-nilly hack away at them with our knives I
do the following.
Before students start working on the rootstocks at hand we use cuttings
for practice. Practice cuttings can be from a seedling of the species we
want to work with or any similar plant. I do try and use wood of a
similar texture and maturity to the plants my students hope to succeed
with. Since I work with mostly sub tropicals like mango citrus and
avocado our methods differ a little from temperate climate species
(grafting wax is almost unused in warm areas of Florida and the tropics).
After making 6-12 practice runs students begin to feel some confidence
in their abilities.
Best of growing,
SW Florida USA
ps: I have a grafting kit available that beginners and more advanced
grafters find useful information is on my site at:
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