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Old January 25, 2017   #46
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Just checked my root stock seedlings and my scion seedlings that were planted a week earlier. The root stock seedlings have caught them and some are actually larger than my scions. Next time I may wait a full 10 days between planting them.
Oh dang, I only waited 4 days. Crap..
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Old January 26, 2017   #47
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Another Question:

In some Youtube videos I have seen them using some kind of tube, to hold the graft.
Now , How do they remove that tube when the graft has taken ?
Can you use things like clips ? similar to the ones used for holding orchids ?
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Old January 26, 2017   #48
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Another Question:

In some Youtube videos I have seen them using some kind of tube, to hold the graft.
Now , How do they remove that tube when the graft has taken ?
Can you use things like clips ? similar to the ones used for holding orchids ?
The tube you are seeing in the videos is either a silicone grafting clip or perhaps a piece of rubber or vinyl tubing (like you'd use with an aquarium pump), cut down the side. These clips naturally fall off as the plant grows. The tube should have a cut in it. If it's just a solid tube......that would be a new one on me.

They do have spring-loaded grafting clips that look a little like the clips used for orchids. I don't know if the orchid clips can be used. I think they might be a little big.

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Old January 27, 2017   #49
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Just another day or two and I can start grafting.

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Old January 27, 2017   #50
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Nice, I started some more rootstock seeds today so they are 10 days from my first Scion sowing as you mentioned Bill. I got a bunch of Big Beef seeds to practice with as well so I think the next few grafting trials will be using them. I hope you take some pics but I understand if you don't. Good luck! I'm still a week or 10 days from my first try.
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Nice, I started some more rootstock seeds today so they are 10 days from my first Scion sowing as you mentioned Bill. I got a bunch of Big Beef seeds to practice with as well so I think the next few grafting trials will be using them. I hope you take some pics but I understand if you don't. Good luck! I'm still a week or 10 days from my first try.
I really should do a series of pics or even better would be a video so people could see what I am doing. I just never think about it until I'm through or I don't have my wife around to film it. It is really crowded and messy in my greenhouse where I do my grafting making it difficult to really film but if she is willing maybe this year I will see if I can get her to shoot a little video. No promises but I will try to do it. Neither of us is too good with the technical stuff so it may not be worth looking at.

Just went out on the porch to check my tomatoes and it looks like they grew a half inch or more today. Now if my arthritis will cooperate and not be too bad on the day when I need to start maybe I can do a container of them with some pictures.

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That would be nice to show step by step in pictures or video.
Class is ready to watch and learn.
After that you guys might want to hand out a pop quiz
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That would be great Bill if you can. Just pictures would be helpful. Is side grafting easier? If it is, do you have to wait for a bigger stem size and still use a healing chamber?
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I would love to see a video too!

Bill, I have been collecting your tips and mildly editing them into a "step-by-step guide" for my own use so that I don't miss anything. A "Materials & Methods" type outline. I'd be glad to send you a copy.

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The class is in session.
Lets take a roll call. I am present.
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That would be great Bill if you can. Just pictures would be helpful. Is side grafting easier? If it is, do you have to wait for a bigger stem size and still use a healing chamber?
I have never done side grafting but it should work. Seems like a lot of trouble to me. I might try it on some melons or cukes this year. The fusarium and nematodes really do a number on both. I just don't know about the root stock for such a venture.

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I have seen it in the youtube. They place scion and rt side by side and cut them at about 45 degree. so thecuts match perfectly.
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I have seen it in the youtube. They place scion and rt side by side and cut them at about 45 degree. so thecuts match perfectly.
Easier said than done on a small stem.

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Here are my first rootstock seeds showing the difference in size from my biggest scions (Sweet Ozark Orange)
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Here are my first rootstock seeds showing the difference in size from my biggest scions (Sweet Ozark Orange)
BigVan you could actually graft at this stage if you have the double sized clips. As long as the grafting clips are not to heavy or have some type of support they actually recover faster than larger plants.
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