Budding / Bud Grafting
This is a special form of grafing where a vegetative bud of one plant is grafted onto another plant (root stock). The bud is inserted into a slit made on the bark of the stock and held tight with a budding tape.
After the bud has started to grow, the part of the stock above the bud should be cut off.
Budding starts when the stocks are pencil thick.
Select the suitable tree species and get their buds and stocks.
Make a T- cut on the stock and the bark gently separated from the wood.
Insert the bud into the T- cut.
The bud is bound to the stock with poltythene papers or tape to prevent water entry.
Apply wax or Vaseline on the outside of the wrapping to reduce bacteria or fungal entry.
After 2 weeks remove the wrapping.
If the bud is green , then the process is successful and if the bud is brown the process is not successful.
When the green bud produces the shoot, the end part of the root stock (Stub) is cut off to reduce transpiration.
The budding are then transplanted to the field.