Walnut Growing

Grafting Wax

The following formula is the grafting wax used by Mr. Payne: Rosin, 5 pounds. Beeswax, 1 pound. Finely pulverized charcoal. 1-2 pound. Raw linseed oil, 1 gill Be sure that the charcoal is finely pulverized. First melt

the beeswax and rosin, being careful not to have the fire too hot. Add the charcoal, stirring constantly, and then add the oil. Mould into bricks by pouring into greased pans. When desiring to use break off a few lumps and melt in such a contrivance as is shown in the plate of grafting tools. The wax must be quite liquid if applied successfully. Nursery grafting, or root grafting, is not a success as practiced at present. The best grafters do not succeed with more than 10 to 15 per cent. This makes the grafted tree cost from $1.50 to $2.00 per tree, and makes that kind of walnut planting expensive. However, Col. Dosch, in his article, quotes Professor Leckenby, the noted agrostologist, as saying that if directions are religiously followed ninety per cent of the grafts will grow. The directions are as follows: For walnut grafts on scions use one gallon of water with four teaspoonfuls of sulphate of quinine. Cut scions submerged in the solution, and wash the cut on tree at once, to prevent it from turning black, acting as an antiseptic; then insert, the scion as on other fruit trees. This, from such authority, is worthy of a trial. A great amount of experimenting has been done in walnut grafting and a way to success will be found.

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