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Uploaded on Jul 19, 2009
PLEASE NOTE this is a demo only, normally you would be doing the operation on to a rootstock in the ground, or on to a branch of a live tree. This is a branch I just cut off a tree to show the technique, as I don't plan to do chip budding this summer but wanted to show the technique.
Note the way i lock my thumbs together to prevent the knife blade sliding. AS always 'knife not sharp enough to cut you badly, not sharp enough for the job!' so be careful. Work slowly, a sharper knife is actually safer as it will cut with less pressure, its when it slips that you get cut.
TIMING do this late July/early August (northern hemisphere), release the tape either at the end of the growing year or in early spring. Please note, this bud will not grow away in the year of budding, it should grow away next year. You need to cut the wood away just above it at a slanting angle as I show here. No wax is required.
There is another technique called shield budding which is similar, but its much more difficult. Don't bother.