bark graft aftercare
I did my first bark grafts this spring, pear and persimmons. Some of the pear grafts are old enough already that I expect the rubber bands that I originally used to hold everything together to start degrading and falling off soon. Do I need to re-wrap them first, maybe with something else? I've only done whip and tongue grafts before which seem to hold together really well on their own: even failed dead grafts often stay in place for a year or more. With the bark graft, though, there's no wood holding things together, so I'm concerned about them falling apart when the rubber bands come off. What should I do now for the grafts that have started to grow?