how to tell when the bark is 'slipping'

oldryderJuly 6, 2012

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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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

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.

Scott

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 10:55AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

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

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 12:25PM
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