Re: Apple grafts -still dormant?
â€¦Iâ€™m sorry that â€˜masking tape
â€™ is still demonstrated as a viable product for graft wrapping. Beyond the â€˜lore,â€™ such grafting isnâ€™t all that difficultâ€¦ But for beginners, it would be very helpful to use examples of â€œbuddingâ€ or â€œgrafting bandsâ€ - as opposed to the masking tape exampleâ€¦
In the hands of a competent grafter, masking tape can and most often works; several members that show up to help and teach at our yearly classes continue to use it. Itâ€™s what they know and how they learned. My ongoing concern is with folks like you. After watching such an example Iâ€™ll head over to a group of learners ready to make their first whip & tongue grafts and plop down a handful of budding bands. â€œBut he just used Masking Tapeâ€ theyâ€™ll remark! â€¦â€œand I use these,â€ Iâ€™ll say with a concerned smile ~ then proceed to make virtually the same graft but wrap it with an air-tight overlapping band developed to break down in time and sunlight as the graft nits and expands.
The fact is â€“ wherever two cambial cells meet from the scion and the rootstock â€“ the graft can â€˜take.â€™ The problem Iâ€™ve noticed with beginners (I help teach the â€˜advancedâ€™ or â€˜topworkingâ€™ class at the same event), and Iâ€™ve watched a lot of them, is the large â€˜air gapsâ€™ theyâ€™ll leave due to lack of technique or a decent grafting knife. Such â€˜slopâ€™ can sometimes be remedied with an â€˜air tightâ€™ band, though very difficult for a beginner to achieve with masking tape. Weâ€™ve gone round & round & rouâ€¦
on this subject and this forum - but I feel your post is further proof that advocating the use of masking tape for a beginning grafter is definitely to their disadvantage.
We have begun to introduce
budding bands, and though theyâ€™re difficult to find, now offer them to our students. But when theyâ€™ve just watched the instructor (actually one of many roving the room) show it done with 'masking tape' (which will work, as heâ€™s made a slick slice and wrapped it near air tight..), they continue to shy away from anything different. Once home, I suspect they experience a higher percentage of failures due to the sameâ€¦ sad to say. But, though a longtime member, to some, Iâ€™m but a pup â€¦perhaps waiting my turn