Lab III. Chip Budding

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A. Background

Chip budding is used in situations where T-budding might also be appropriate, especially in the nursery production of temperate fruit trees (apple, cherry), and some ornamental shade trees (honey locust, maple, etc.). The advantage of chip budding over T-budding is that the bark need not be slipping for the operation to be performed successfully, hence it can be performed slightly later in the fall budding season. Also, chip bud union formation is faster and stronger. However, with chip budding it is necessary to be more careful to get good alignment of the stock and scion cambia. For information about the use and commercial applications of Chip Budding, including links to several Web sites which describe it in detail, go to Chip Budding under the List of Grafting and Budding Methods.

B. Chip Budding Exercise Check List

C. Procedure

1. Rootstock preparation.

2. Cutting the stock plant

3. Cutting and inserting the scion bud

4. Tying the bud

5. Post-budding management of the Chip-budded plant