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Beeswax as bench graft sealer

Posted by Trevon Unruh 
Beeswax as bench graft sealer
March 10, 2018 12:24PM
Has anyone used beeswax as a bench graft sealer? I've used Treekote asphalt emulsion in the past with great success but beeswax seems to be a more organic way to go. I've just started grafting and I melt the wax in a small crock pot seams to be working great!

Zone 3-4? North Dakota
Re: Beeswax as bench graft sealer
March 10, 2018 06:13PM
Yes, it works great but more work because you need to maintain it liquid on the field.

Westwind Orchard
Zone 5b in New York
Re: Beeswax as bench graft sealer
March 11, 2018 08:26PM
I use Parafilm. It is great.
I have used in the past some wax and some asphalt emulsion, and Parafilm beats them all by a long margin.
See [www.amazon.com]
One roll lasts forefer... You need 1 inch length per graft, so a 125 feet roll is good for 125 x 12 grafts.
Claude

Jolicoeur Orchard
Zone 4 in Quebec
Re: Beeswax as bench graft sealer
March 12, 2018 07:53AM
The beeswax would be lovely to work with in a bench graft setting, Trevon, with its delightful smell. The fact that you can have a small crock pot on hand in the greenhouse or wherever you are grafting bare rootstock is what makes this doable. Field applications are a whole other ball of wax . . . now where did that expression come from, I wonder?

Lost Nation Orchard
Zone 4b in New Hampshire
Re: Beeswax as bench graft sealer
March 12, 2018 01:50PM
I use beeswax when I bench graft. If you keep bees it's readily available. Just be careful to keep your scion tips from sticking together until they really dry completely. Makes for a mess!

Topworking I use Doc Farwell's. Just hit your tips 3 or 4 times to make sure they are totally covered.

Last year I starting using grafting clay to seal the cuts and inserted scions. Works great.

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