I would be grateful for suggestions on this topic, having had the same problems noted in the thread; early bud break, insufficient rooting. I have a thermo controlled callusing sweatbox that uses heating cable on the bottom - I use fresh, coarse wood shavings as a rooting medium, since its easier to avoid water-logging. No great success to date, but still trying.
-you suggest waxing AFTER callusing - i thought waxing was needed to physically support the graft, which is often a bit loose. Would you suggest putting in a staple on the graft union if its not tight?
I found and like this grafting pliers http://www.grafting-tool.com/magento...ting-tool.html
after being dissatisfied with the 3GT Pliers.
my plan this year will be to:
- callus in the hot box for 3 weeks with the sticks lying down.
- remove from box, repack in moist shavings, but with stick standing up and just the bud peeking out
-leave the hot box open, to get some cold on the top and inhibit budding and place the thermostat in the rooting zone. Israel winters are not freezing, and even night temps are around 15C
-Hang a fluorescent light above the box so that when buds open, they can start photosynthesis
-move from the wood shaving medium to potting only where there is decent leaf and root growth and its relatively temperate (should be late march)
I would be grateful for any suggestions here.