[NAFEX] Grafting in a Botany Class

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Sun Nov 1 09:13:28 EST 2009

What species of plant do you want to graft?  Do you care?

In my experience, parafilm works great for sealing the graft, but is  
not sufficient for binding it in place.  I suggest you also use rubber  
bands or string or something.

best of luck,

On Nov 1, 2009, at 9:06 AM, Gene Spears wrote:

> Looking for some advice.   I'm teaching General Botany this semester  
> (a sophomore college class) and wanted to end with a lab on  
> grafting.  Last lab will be the end of November, so time may be too  
> late already.  I have about 23 students.  I can get parafilm and  
> exacto-type scapels within a few days, but could I get the  
> rootstocks and scion within that time frame?  (I'm in NC.)
> Was planning to have each student do two grafts so they could take  
> their grafts home and plant a couple of trees - two would ensure  
> pollination.  So say about 50 rootstocks and maybe twice that many  
> scion?
> Some questions?
> 1) Good sources with quick delivery?
> 2) Two good varieties that would cross-pollinate and required little  
> care?
> 3) About how much would it cost?
> Me teaching grafting is like a one-eyed man leading the blind, but  
> I'm hoping an indoor setting with sterile (somewhat) conditions and  
> bench-grafting (mine has always been out in the yard) would improve  
> my sorry success rate - and maybe the students will be better than I  
> am.
> Thanks for any advice!
> Gene Spears
> Zone 6 - NW NC
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