A – The rootstock plant after repotting in August 2012;
B – The plant on completion of grafting in early October 2012;
C – Close-up of the grafted scions on the day of grafting in October 2012;
D – Close-up of grafted branches with new shoots in mid-December 2012.
Here are a few things I learned from this experience:
- Advice from bonsai practitioners and the Internet was useful;
- Peeling bark off the trunk, before making incisions, was helpful;
- A grafting chisel is better for making incisions in the trunk;
- Aligning cambium was easier because on a thicker trunk it is a wider band, which can be recognised by its dark orange colour;
- Enclosing the whole area with clear plastic with some moist sphagnum moss worked really well;
- Once the grafts have new shoots, the plant needs more sun;
- Don’t do anything drastic to the plant for at least a year.