whip and tongue graft





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Published on Apr 20, 2009

This shows a whip and tongue graft, as requested. It is an effective graft, better with the tongue than without, but a bit fiddly. The whip graft (minus tongue) is probably the simplest graft of all, you just make corresponding slanting cuts in stock and scion and tie them together, as I mention half way through this video, but although this is quicker I don't think it grows together so well or is as stable. I bought a tree grafted like this once, and the scion just fell off although it had taken. The 2 locking tongues give better contact.

Like all grafts, you need a very sharp knife and sometimes will be working with the sharp edge towards yourself, with the bit of wood you are working on in one hand and the knife in the other, working towards it, so always be very careful.

Note the way I lock my thumbs together and work the knife in a see-saw motion, this I believe reduces the risk of slipping and cutting yourself, but there is always a risk, and if your knife isn't sharp enough to cut you badly it isn't sharp enough for efficient grafting.

date was 20th April 2009, using dormant wood of Broxwood Foxwhelp kindly supplied by Andrew Lea, and stored in the fridge wrapped in moist cloth in a polythene bag for 2 months. Earlier might have been better, but I was unable to do it due to holiday, I'm not doing much grafting for myself this year, mainly did this as a demo. Will let you know if it takes.

AS I mention, the whip and tongue graft is shown in stills on the grafting section of my www.fruitwise.net site.

I prefer the saddle graft as I find it easier and quicker to do, less cutting towards yourself so less risk of an accident, and the end result is neater to my eyes.


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