[NAFEX] Grafting suggestions
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Mon Nov 2 18:40:26 EST 2009
On Nov 2, 2009, at 10:23 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
> Ginda wrote, "In my experience, parafilm works great for sealing the
> but is not sufficient for binding it in place."
> That probably depends on how you do it. I use only parafilm with
> success. Non-adhesive electrical tape works good too and may be
> easier to
> obtain on short notice.
> 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
> doing budding. Budding only gets a brief mention in my classes.
Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I've had about 95% success with twig
budding using rubber bands and a good sealer (parafilm, grafting
compound, strips of plastic bags) and almost total failure using
parafilm alone. Of course, I've done these in different years, and
haven't done a ton of grafts, so maybe it's just coincidence, or
because I picked different weather, or something like that.
I tried cleft grafting of buds and had problems with the "flaps" of
bark growing in ways that hurt the union. I need to try the bud
grafting as described by Sarah Ewing. That looks safer.
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