Firm moist topsoil around the whip graft to prevent drying. Ideally, the soil should cover all of the taped area with the lower bud group on the scion exposed. The cut surface at the top of the scion stick may be coated with orange shellac or with wax to prevent excessive drying. Of course, if the graft was placed above the soil line, this step would not be necessary. Remember, regardless if the graft is placed above or below the soil, the tape which originally secured the graft must be removed. This can be done as late as one year, but preferably after 3 to 4 months.
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