[NAFEX] Grafting suggestions

Sarah Kehler Ewing skkewing at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 2 16:37:06 EST 2009

     When I teach grafting we do whip-and-tongue
> and cleft grafting only 
> because I have about a 95% success rate compared to a poor
> success rate 
> doing budding.  Budding only gets a brief mention in
> my classes.
> Jim Fruth

I've no experience with anything, but bud grafting. Dr. Evans teaches a much simpler kind of bud grafting than that found in most reference books.  His method is this:

1)bud collection: slice a thin slice of bark off your stick of wood from your desired tree that is about an inch long with a nice bud centered in the middle of the bark slice (there should be a bit of wood under the bud).

2)rootstock: slice down the bark where you want to put the graft freeing a thin strip of bark about the same width as your bud from the rootstock, then slice cross-wise at the end of the bark slice leaving a short flap of loose bark at the bottom to hold the bud.  I like to make sure I slice nowhere near a rootstock bud to make it easier to tell that it is in fact the graft growing and not a nearby rootstock bud trying to take over.

3)grafting: place the bud in the small flap of bark taking care to line up the edges (or at least one edge) of the bud with the edge of the slice in the rootstock and making sure that the bud slice is not longer than the slice made in the rootstock, wrap the whole open wound with parafilm and watch the bud pop through and grow into a tree!  You will need to rub off shoots growing on the rootstock, but take care not to rub off the bud you grafted on. 

I hope this is clear.  It is easy to teach in person, very easy and fast to use, conserves rare budwood, and is very effective in terms successful grafts.

zone 3
Edmonton, AB

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