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 "Live Whip and Tongue Grafting" 
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Post "Live Whip and Tongue Grafting"
This question is a follow up from my previous question on top working. I am interested in any information on "live whip and tongue grafting." I have tried to research other sources with limited success. Any info is appreciated! Thanks!


Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:52 pm

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Post Re: "Live Whip and Tongue Grafting"
What is your question?

What does the "live" mean in "live whip and tongue grafting"?

Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:27 pm

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Post Re: "Live Whip and Tongue Grafting"
Viron mentioned this to me in a previous post. I am not sure what the LIVE part means, but I assume it is some sort of non dormant grafting. Anybody have any ideas on what this means?


Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:27 pm

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Post Re: "Live Whip and Tongue Grafting"
Some very talented grafters are able to make a reasonable percentage of grafts take even after the rootstock has leafed out. The reason that most people whip and tongue graft right before the stock is leafing out is because the green push itself helps the plant to succeed in growing into the selected scion.

Speaking as a very average grafter, I would rather concentrate my time and energy when the grafting is more likely to be successful. I might get 80% on a good year as the tree pushes out, but I'm more likely to get 10-20% take on a summer whip and tongue. It's not worth my time, my scions, or my energy. I have lots of other things to do during the summer other than unsuccessful grafting.

Some grafters are incredibly precise and able to get high rates during the summer. I am not. Nor are most grafters.
John S

Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:14 pm

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Post Re: "Live Whip and Tongue Grafting"
danc wrote:
"live whip and tongue grafting."

As opposed to "dead"? TIC LOL

You can whip&tongue graft anytime the tree has leaves and about 2 weeks healing time. Same with chip buds. Cambium-to-cambium matching is the only 'secret' here, which is not all that secret!

Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:35 pm
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