Breaks down naturally, with no residue.
Overall Rating: 5/5
This budding tape is so good, and so different from the competition, that its correct brand name is "Buddy Tape," because one feels that it is one's buddy in increasing graft takes and in usually eliminating opening of the tape during aftercare.
I like the product and can see that all the buds have calloused but due to drought conditions in our area this year, some buds did come through but grafts are still alive.
have used it for budding roses. Much easier than using the heavy rubber bands recommended by many rosarians (my fingers can't do that). Very simple but I don't find it to be particularly biodegradable either.
I raise and sell Japanese Maples.
Budding tape BT25
I have used this for a few years and find that it does everything you say it does. I have better success rates with BT25 and I dont have to worry about it slipping out of my hand like the rubber band. For me it is easier to work with than the rubber strips.
Perforated budding tape
An excellent product which is what we use for the greenhouse grafting of several "challenging" genera such as Juglans, Castanea and Quercus. Holds up well in warm greenhouse environment, and with the perforations, lends itself nicely to the size of rootstocks/scions we use.
I use it for Cornus, Acer and Ginkgo grafts in the spring. It is easier to use than the grafting rubbers I have used for years.
Tape is easy to work with. Perforation sections are just the right length. A nice width also. I used the tape to bud roses. One rose bud has popped right through, most have not. I have left the bud intact as recommended. If the bud had not popped by next spring, I'll remove it.
Excellent product. We get two apple bench grafts out of one of the perforated strips. Excellent seal. No girdling. I have seen another non-perforated "parafilm" on the market, however, which is much less costly. Plan to try the latter and compare--will switch if the product is similar, except for the perforation.
Difficult to do without
As we graft through hundreds of trees, we've been having some fun teasing ourselves about the end of buddy tape. What would we do? Grafting strips - hard to get rubber, plus that rapid unwind. Hemp twine - just try that out. Buddy tape is something you quickly get used to doing by feel - the perforations give you the right length, it stretches by warmth and pull to adhere to itself, and it tightly braces that graft union. It's ideal excepting if your fingers are cracked and it gets a little too hot. It seems there might have been a run on buddy tape this year, so the back-order put us in a race against the season. We'll be making sure to stock up for whatever the future brings.
BT25 Buddy Tape
Works good on summer t-buds and dormant chip buds. After the bud takes, I use a razor to remove from the understock the following spring, so I might dispute the claim that it self-deteriorates.
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