I haven’t actually done a graft in 2023 yet , but I’m getting ready to and hoping to learn a bit more from my last years experience. This is an apple bark graft I did last spring. I was wrapping my scions in parafilm, then the union with a stretchy garden tape, and then black electrical tape. For bark grafts like this one, I wrapped the top of the stump with parafilm. What I found happened with bark grafts like this was the parafilm cracked sometime in our hot, dry summer and then I unwrapped it on the late side (this one only a few weeks ago :/) to find that moisture had gotten in and rotted some of the bark.
A good chunk of bark has died back on the opposite side of the graft, and I have seen videos saying that doing a graft on both sides would have kept that alive. So I think i have learned:
use 2 or 3 scions on a stump graft like this
unwrap the graft earlier and/or use a better sealing compound
Do you agree or have additional thoughts? I have seen suggestions for Gashell wax, Treekote wax, and Doc Farwell’s for sealing. Any suggestions for best sealer specifically for big cuts and bark or cleft grafts? And which is most likely to survive a very hot dry summer without cracking?
I have some walnut rootstock to move. Three I believe so far. Just random. I need them in a better location. Caliper of 1/2 inch.or so. I want to graft onto them. When I move them I will graft at the right time. I wonder if they will not bleed much being newly planted. Might help. I guess I will find out.
The upcoming cold snap seems like it will be a bit less severe, so I’m going ahead and grafting some citrus this weekend.
One problem is the size of the Giant Key Lime budwood from CCPP is larger than the key lime seedlings I was planning to use as rootstocks. I’m most comfortable with cleft or whip grafts, but is this one where I should try budding or maybe a Z graft?
Here are the sticks and one of the seedlings for reference:
I managed to blow a bunch of whip and tongue grafts last year, and had great success with cleft grafts, so I’ll be doing that exclusively this spring to see how it goes. Steven from SkillCult says cleft works as well for him as whip and tongue, so I don’t see the downside.
Here are my attempt at Cleft grafting, I think the KG is dead, but I keep my fingers crossed for the 2 Yali. My family actually likes Yali better, I bought a few KG from the store and they are still there.
Has anyone ever used a liquid spray bandage (like New Skin) or an anti desiccant (like “Wilt Stop”) to cover grafts? I understand, of course, that there are cheaper options, like grating wax —but I’ve got the itch to try it, and am wondering whether anyone else has experience with it. (Not intending this as a replacement for the tight bands holding graft in place).