Grafting is a fascinating and versatile technique that allows the gardener/arborist to extend growing seasons and diversify plant varieties. It can help adapt plants to unfavorable soil or climate conditions, repair damage, and control pests. A technical skill, it takes a bit of time and practice to become proficient. Yet, after a bit of experience, the gardener can actually assist nature (much like a midwife), while increasing a garden’s bounty and enjoying a very rewarding endeavor.
The central element of the set is the Grafting Tool, designed to cut both the scion (the shoot or bud to be grafted) and the rootstock, the main plant onto which the graft will be made (usually chosen for its strong roots). By using the same blade for cutting both the scion and the stock, the Grafting Tools ensure proper alignment of the cut sections, whichever the type of graft. This alignment is essential to the success of the graft, creating a structural union that allows the unobstructed transfer of nutrients as the graft heals.
This Starter Set is a slightly more stripped down version of our Professional Italian Grafting Tools Set, and includes a Standard Grafting Tool, appropriate for stock up to 1/2" in diameter. It performs three types of grafts (V-graft and Omega-graft, as well as budding or T-graft, in which a single bud is inserted into the side of the stock). A special blade is included for each type, as well as a set of instructions for changing the blades.
Also in this kit: a Curved Grafting Knife with a 3” Stainless Steel blade; a roll of 3/4" wide Special Paraffin Grafting Tape for binding the scion and rootstock; and Special Grafting Wax that seals the bound sections and protects from the elements and risk of infection. Finally, we also include a booklet, “Grafting Fruit Trees”: this is an excellent introductory text, full of helpful illustrations to guide you through the basics of this time-honored craft.