Grafting tools and materials

To graft new apple trees, You need rootstocks, scions, cutting tools and materials to fix the scions and seal the grafts.
A lopper is necessary
A lopper is necessary.
Grafting knife and grafting tape. Grafting with grafting tape

Grafting knife and grafting tape.
An important tool is a sharp knife. Here is shown a grafting knife with a round tip, which can also be used for T-budding. Available for right and left handed.
Use of Parafilm grafting tape makes buds and grafts succeed at a high rate. It is easy to use. A gentle stretch makes it self-adhesive. Seals the bud or graft tightly keeping it moist and secure while allowing air to permeate the wound. It Can also be applied over grafting rubber if a more secure hold is needed.

Grafting planer. Grafting planer.

Grafting planer.
The displayed mini planer is actually a balsa wood planer, to use when building model ships, but it is also suitable as a grafting planer. The blade looks like a razor blade, but is stronger. I always use this planer when making bevel cuts in scions and rootstocks.

Grafting elastic and grafting wax Grafting elastic and grafting wax
Grafting elastic and grafting wax.
Grafting elastic is easy to work with, and get the scions to sit firmly on the rootstocks. The grafting wax that is used is soft and does not require heating. It feels like modeling clay.
Natural bast og tree wound balmsam Grafting with Natural bast og tree wound balmsam
Natural bast og tree wound balmsam.
Years ago, natural bast was the preferred material for attaching scions to root material. However, it has the disadvantage, that it does not extend as the other materials, then it may be necessary to remove the bast after few months, in order not to "smother" the grafting.
It was formerly common to use wax to be heated to become liquid. Now you can get tree wound balmsam, that is cold liquid and very easy to use. It can be applied from the tube. The materials can usually be obtained from your local nursery.
Loop labels and permanent marker
Loop labels and permanent marker
Durable loop labels and a permanent marker that resist fading for several years, is important.
Plastic pots or containers.
Plastic pots or containers.
Plastic pots of 3.5 liters can be used for new grafted apple trees in the first year.

 




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