Tools of the Grafting Trade
By Amy Grisak
These are pliers-like tools that help ensure accurate cuts with specific blades for different types of grafting techniques. Grafting tools also have a heavy-duty blade and a wedge that are useful in cleft grafting. These tools aren’t absolutely necessary, but are very useful to have available.
A razor-sharp knife is essential. It can be as simple as a sturdy pocket knife, or a special grafting knife. Just as important is to keep a steel or stone nearby to maintain an edge on the blade.
This is usually a paraffin-based wax that can be softened in the palm of your hand and applied to a new graft to prevent desiccation.
Electrical tape can be used (as long as it’s cut later to ensure it falls off before girdling the branch). There is also a cloth-backed grafting tape that will decompose.
These are elastic bands, typically 8 inches long, that do a fine job of maintaining adequate pressure.
This is often an asphalt-based tree wound dressing that prevents moisture loss from the graft.
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