Here’s how to treat a successful approach graft on black pine. The first step is removing any tape holding the graft in place.
Tape holding graft in place
After removing tape
Next, remove the stub with concave cutters.
Removing the stub
A chisel can be used to further gouge out the stub to ensure that the wound heals even with bark around it.
Gouging the base of the stub
Adding a dab of cut paste seals the wound while it heals. The wound will likely heal in about one year.
Adding a dab of cut paste
The tree belongs to a Bay Island Bonsai member who has been developing the branches pretty much from scratch over the past couple of years. It’s coming along nicely. At this rate, the tree will be in great shape in just a few years – it might even be show ready in 5-10 years.
Black pine in early stages of development – can you spot the recent graft?