Re: When Do I Remove Rubber Bands?
The rubber bands are designed to degrade in sunlight (actually â€˜hold upâ€™). So, if wrapped completely around the graft, leaving nothing exposed, they do not need an additional layer of anything, including â€˜tape.â€™ Some of our grafters insist on â€˜double wrappingâ€™ such grafts with both. I donâ€™t.
The tape will keep the band from degrading â€“ thus they will begin to constrict growth. My suggestion is to run a razor blade or sharp knife down the length of the tape, cutting through both tape & band, if slightly into the tinder barkâ€¦ Do not â€˜peel itâ€™ back, allow it to fall off on its own. Old Dogs, New Tricks