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Has anyone used a diy grafting paste when grafting trees?Any recipes?
 
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If your referring to a substitute for wax, parafin, or "Gulf Wax", which it's sold as in todays supermarket; I used plumbers teflon tape to seal the top of my scion. I guess it worked, all the grafts are growing, except that I wonder if there should be more growth??
 
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I do not make my own grafting paste, but this is what I do use:

When bench grafting, I just use melted paraffin candle wax, and dip the grafted tree upside down into the wax so that the entire scion and the graft is covered in wax. I use whip and tongue method of grafting so that the rootstock and scion hold together without tape. I find that this works extremely well.

When topworking trees, either older trees or rootstocks that have already been planted, I usually use Oatey brand toilet bowl wax. Very pliable and sticky. Take off a little bit of the wax and flatten it with my fingers and completely cover the graft. It works great.


 
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