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  • From: Ginda Fisher <>
  • To: mailing list at ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <>, Louis Pittman <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] prafilm M and buddy tape results
  • Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2020 08:58:48 -0400

Exactly. Paraffilm is clean and easy to use, I have a lifetime supply, and I
see no reason NOT to wrap the whole scion. Much easier to do that than to
also fuss with a sealant.

I'm sure lots of different grafting methods work. I like paraffilm because
it's so easy. It cuts with scissors or a sharp knife, and I apply it with my
fingers. Cleanup is just throwing away the little paper backer.
typed with Swype, who knows what I intended.

On April 26, 2020 8:47:29 AM EDT, Louis Pittman <>
>Is it 'overkill' to wrap the entire scion with Parafilm, as opposed to
>just sealing the apical end?
>I don't know, but I have no intention of backing away from wrapping
>union and scion, in its entirety, particularly for nut tree grafts.
>It's quick to do...I feel better about longterm protection against
>dessication, and buds push right through a couple layers of fully
>Some pecan/hickory and walnut grafts I made on 6 March are just now
>beginning to open buds, nearly 2 months later. Would they have dried
>in the interim if not fully wrapped?
>Again, maybe not at all necessary for apples/pears, and I rarely do
>stonefruits - but I wouldn't attempt nuts, oaks, persimmons without it.
>It's 'cheap insurance'...I can buy a 2"x250' roll of Parafilm M for
>than $20...enough to do at least 750-1000 typical pecan or pear grafts
>And, it's not at all messy; strips of Parafilm in my grafting kit don't
>spill or stick to stuff.
>Lucky Pittman
>On Sat, Apr 25, 2020, 8:27 PM sherwin <> wrote:
>> On 4/25/2020 7:40 PM, Idell Weydemeyer wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> > Comparison of use or not of Parafilm or buddy tape.
>> >
>> > In Santa Rosa, rootstocks were grafted for a later plant sale for
>> > redwood California Rare fruit chapter.--probably over 50- maybe up
>to 80
>> > plants. Not sure if the pots were 5 or 10 gallon ones.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > "In general looking at the prunus grafts from our March 8 event, a
>> general
>> > observation.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > The grafts that are looking great and doing quite well, seem to be
>> the
>> > scions where the tips were covered with parafilm or buddy tape.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > The grafts that didn't take or are quite slow were from scions
>where the
>> > tips were not covered with parafilm/ buddy tape."
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Idell Weydemeyer
>> >
>> >
>> >
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>> Idell,
>> Not sure what you mean by the 'tips'. If it is the end opposite
>> the graft end, I usually paint that end with wood sealer. If there
>> no sealing of the outer tips, like with a sealant wood filler, the
>> moisture will escape out that tip and dry out the scion. Where I
>> use of tapes like Parafilm is around the graft union where the graft
>> itself exposes a large part of the cambium to drying out. I see no
>> to wrap the entire scion, since the bark around it should prevent
>> out along it's length. Wrapping the entire scion may not be as
>> effective as just closing off the end with a sealant.
>> Sherwin
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