Budding Propagation

Gia Barthe

Materials Needed for Budding Propagation

  • Rootstock and Budstick
  • Curved budding knife
  • Electrician tape
  • Sharpening stone
  • Pruning shears
  • Saws
  • Wax
  • Budding strips

How to Bud a Plant

Step 1

Cut a slip in the rootstock in a T-shape. Twist the knife at the end to open up the flaps.
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Step 2

Make the first cut 1/2 inch below the bud an then move the knife upward 1/4 inch above the bud. Gently pinch the petiole and drag the knife straight down. Keep the bud clean.
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Step 3

Insert the bud into the flaps of the rootstock.
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Step 4

Wrap budding rubber around the stem to keep the flaps together. Secure rubber with electrician tape or by tucking the ends. Do not cover the bud.
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Give the plant water at a regular rate. After 3 weeks remove tape and rubber.
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