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how to tell when the bark is 'slipping'

Posted by oldryder (4), MN (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 6, 12 at 10:46

I am going to try some bud grafts this year and the instructions say to wait until the bark is slipping.

how do I tell then bark is ready for this technique?

thx for advice. Mark in MN

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RE: how to tell when the bark is 'slipping'

Cut a T in the bark and see if a flap easily lifts up or not. Bark slips in spring and later summer.

If the bark is not slipping you can always do chip buds instead of T buds. I almost always do chips for this reason. Sometimes I think I should switch to T when the season is good but old habits die hard -- chip budding is the first graft I learned.


RE: how to tell when the bark is 'slipping'

If the bark isn't slipping a good watering will usually get it to do so within a week.

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