Clark, That’s the absolute first I’ve ever hear of someone covering a graft in tanglefoot. Care to explain why you would use it? I’ve not found that fresh grafts have any insect pressure and tanglefoots texture does not really lend itself to being that great of a “sealer”. My first thought was to say it would just make a huge sticky mess.
My friend has an old crabapple and I have tons of extra honeycrisp scion he’d like me to try to graft onto it. I’d like to do it too and practice several different techniques. I was looking at the tree and its hard to find any new wood to graft to, its pretty gnarly with lots of spurs. Is it a complete waste of time, or can I hope to get some takes if my technique and timing are ok?
Thanks Clark, can’t wait to get out and try. Late next week we’ll be close to 70 for highs and close to 50 for lows. I checked out those great picks you took of top working a pear tree. If you get both both grafts to take on say, a 1 inch branch, do you let them both grow or cut one off?
I totally quit using the tar based sealers because it almost never goes away. You can come back after 2 years on a warm day and accidentally get it on your fingers and then transfer to you cloths. For me it is bad stuff.
Speaking of grafting sealers, I’d like to know more about Doc Farwell’s grafting sealer possibly preventing “takes” if the sealer makes contact with the cut surfaces of the graft.
When I do bark grafts I paint Doc’s all over the graft and sometimes I’m sure it runs down into the cambium of the graft. Same for cleft graft- Doc’s runs down into the cleft and probably contacts the cut surface of the graft.
Same as Bill (Auburn) above. Nothing against Doc’s, but with any sealer I’d worry about it creeping into the joint, and parafilm is pretty good insurance.
I also use Johnny wax. I like to wrap the scion with parafilm before cutting and inserting it. After inserting it use the rubber bands or Temflex or other strong tape, wrap one more time around the joint with Parafilm (but not up on the exposed part of the scion except right at the insertion point) and touch it up with the toilet bowl wax.