Grafting with Tina

sam_mdApril 30, 2014

knives that is. Here is a youtube link of a professional Dutch grafter. He is grafting apples with the choice of professionals, Tina. When you do this many grafts the knife must be comfortable in your hand. It must be high quality steel so you don't have to stop and sharpen frequently.
This is whip & tongue method. Fruit trees, flowering fruit trees, amelanchier, fringe trees, lilacs and many other ornamentals are grafted like this.
I really think that the Dutch are the master grafters, notice how the knife never leaves his hand.
Having a professional on youtube like this is rare, most of the videos are of amateurs and novices. Digging rootball demonstrations are laughable.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bench Grafting Video

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

What made me smile was the big sticking plaster on his thumb! Sharp knife, that, however expert you are ;-)

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 4:29AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Same knife I use. Conifer takes this year: 89.5%. I'm much slower because I'm grafting some wood toothpick caliper.


Here is a link that might be useful: Grafting Conifers Results 2014

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 10:02AM
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Pffft.. amateurs

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 11:56AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

ha ha ha ha.


    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 1:15PM
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Sharp knife that, however expert you are.
You're right about that, these knives are sharpened with a whetstone and kept as sharp as a straight razor.
The Univ of Ky has a grafting video but am not going to bother linking it (not the best). All wasted motion must be eliminated. The knife only leaves the hand when you get up for lunch.
Perhaps the best tip I ever got about grafting was from the propagator at Hillier Nursery. He told me to think of the blade cutting like a guillotine and use the entire length. Since the Tina knife is sharpened only on one side you make the perfect cut.
Here's a veneer graft on Aralia elata 'Variegata' wrapped in raffia.

I'd love to get these on their own roots to eliminate the suckering which is usually a nuisance.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 7:32PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

That's the same knife I use. It's a wonderful tool.

Something I recently acquired: Fieldcraft Topgrafter

All I had to do was thoroughly clean it. The bench mounting hardware I'll have soon.


    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 8:57AM
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