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How to Chip Bud Fruit Trees

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Hi, I'm Jene with Jene's Tropicals in St. Petersburg, Florida. Today, I'm going to demonstrate how to chip bud fruit trees. There are a few materials you'll need such as rooting hormone, a very sharp knife. You could use an X-Acto Knife. This is a little surgical knife or a grafting knife and you'll need to make sure that you're very sanitary. Sanitize all of your tools with alcohol or diluted bleach and you'll also need some budding tape to secure your scion. So, first of all you want to make an incision in the trunk of the tree between active nodes on your root stock and then you want to take your budwood from a mature producing Meyer Lemon Tree and you want to take the little piece with an active growing node and the idea is to make an incision in the bark of the root stock and place your scion upon that, so your cambia meets and the two pieces should fit together like a puzzle. So, and then you want, after you have placed your scion into the root stock or budwood into the root stock, you want to quickly wrap it because you do not want your budwood to dry out or your graft won't take and also during the process be sure to stay really clean. Keep your hands clean and materials clean or your budwood may not take as well. So, but anyway within four to six weeks you should see a little growth coming out of the budwood and before you know it you'll have a beautiful little lemon tree growing.

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