Plumeria forum: Need help Bud grafting leaf scars with a V- cut

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Orange County, Ca (Zone 9b)
Brenorangecountyca
Jul 13, 2017 11:43 AM CST
Does anyone have experience bud grafting plumeria leaf scars with a V-cut? When I get a cutting that is $40-$60 I wedge graft the 6-8 inch tip with no problems. Then the remaining 6-8 inch cut-off I've been grafting also but lately I've been trying to get 4-6 bud grafts from the cutoff. Every single bud graft I've done to the top of a stem drys out and rots away. Can someone please suggest to me how I can keep the v-cut bud graft from drying out?? Should I not expose it to the sun for weeks? Keep a paper bag over it? The pics are after 10 days and I've taken off the tape. One to two weeks later they are dried out and dead. Thank you everyone
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jul 15, 2017 6:56 PM CST

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I have no experience with bud grafting but I think you might be fighting your low humidity. With such a small piece of tissue, it doesn't take much to dry out.
Orange County, Ca (Zone 9b)
Brenorangecountyca
Jul 16, 2017 12:12 PM CST
Thanks Hetty. Your right about it drying out from being so small. I have tried 13 bud grafts and 12 of the little triangle cut pieces have dried up so fast. My one and only bud graft left is doing fine. It's a firestorm v-cut bud graft on the tip of one of my celedine branches.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jul 19, 2017 6:52 AM CST

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I think the Thai growers put a plastic bag over the top of their smaller grafts. You might try that, to keep the humidity in.
Orange County, Ca (Zone 9b)
Brenorangecountyca
Aug 8, 2017 3:38 PM CST
Thanks Hetty. I do that for the first 10 days. Also put a folded up moist paper towel also. Maybe I need to do that longer. So I have one bud graft that is doing great. It's the only one that has been shaded for weeks. I'm assuming all my other ones got to my direct heat and sun light.

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