Actually, it seems to me that the unnecessary use of sealant on shiners has become less common during the past three years since this recycled article was posted.
Grafting compound is a thick sealant applied to a fresh graft union to limit desiccation while the graft knits. A bit more typically gets applied to the cut distal end of the scion. There are various formulations of grafting compound, ranging from something resembling roof patch to a something with the consistency of thick paint.
The stuff, as sloppy and icky as it is, really is helpful. I can not imagine how big orchards were grafted before it was invented.
It is also useful for keeping cane borers out of the cut ends of freshly pruned roses. For those of us who remember how to prune roses properly, leaving only a few thick canes, grafting compound really is practical. I just don’t use it on roses because cane borers are not a problem here.
Since I do not use grafting compound on roses, and the plants that I graft do…
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