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Paraffin Grafting Techniques for Loblolly Pine

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Paraffin can be used instead of plastic and kraft bags to protect new loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) grafts. Prior to grafting, all of the needles should be removed from the scion. After the graft is made by the standard technique, it should be completely covered with paraffin which has been heated to 175-200° F to obtain a proper seal. Graft aftercare is reduced to loosening the graft rubber, which deteriorates slowly because of the paraffin coating. Records indicate an approximate 77-percent cost reduction in grafting using the paraffin technique.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester, Champion International Corporation, Courtland, Alabama 35618

Publication date: 1983-08-01

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