Do Grafting Tools Work? Complete Grafting Tool DIY

Do Grafting Tools Work? Complete Grafting Tool DIY

Professional grafting tools are a handheld grafting machine that are now commonly found in the garden tool section of online retailers. But do grafting tools work? In this complete grafting tool DIY video, we test their effectiveness for grafting fruit trees.

In this video, we are grafting fig trees with this tool to test grafting techniques for the best graft possible. While we use figs as the rootstock and scion wood, this graft technique can be used for grafting plants of almost any type.

0:00 How To Graft Fruit Trees
1:32 Rootstock Grafting VS. Scion Wood
3:06 Introduction To Grafting Tool
4:47 Cutting The Scion Wood
5:53 Cutting The Roostock
7:07 Mating Scion Wood And Rootstock
7:48 Securing The Graft
10:09 Removing Root Stock Buds
10:56 Final Grafting Results
12:20 Adventures With Dale

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Miracle-Gro Soluble Tomato Plant Food, 1.5 lb
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Miracle-Gro Soluble All Purpose Plant Food, 1 lb
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Miracle-Gro Soluble Bloom Booster, 1.5 lb

Epso Grow Epsom Salt, 5 lb
Neptune’s Harvest Crab Shell Plant Food, 4lb
Espoma PO6 Potash, 6 lb

Alaska Fish Fertilizer, 1 Quart
Alaska Fish Fertilizer, 1 Gallon
Alaska MORBLOOM Fertilizer, 1 Gallon
Liquid Kelp Organic Seaweed Extract, 1 Gallon

Southern Ag Liquid Copper Fungicide
Southern Ag Natural Pyrethrin Concentrate
Bonide Wettable Sulfur Plant Fungicide
Lilly Miller Wettable Sulfur Dust, 1 lb

Safer Brand BT Caterpillar Killer Concentrate
Garden Safe Slug & Snail Bait
Organic 100% Pure Cold Pressed Neem Oil, 16 oz
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Captain Jack Dead Bug Dust, 4 Lb
Sevin Ready-to-Use 5% Dust 3-Pack, 1 lb

2 Gallon Compression Sprayer

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  1. Catherine Grace on May 11, 2021 at 1:05 am

    The tool looks amazing. I’m sold.

  2. The Millennial Gardener on May 11, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Have you ever grafted before? What is your favorite technique? Let us know in the comments below!

  3. Eva Joo on May 11, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Love your videos and details on the description! I live in the east bay area. A few questions for you. What brand of Grafting tool did you purchase? Can I graft this time of the year? Can I cut the tip of the holiday avocado tree and graft it to a seed hass avocado tree root stock that I planted years ago? The reason why I want to cut the top of the holiday tree is because I want the trunk of the holiday tree to become larger with develop more branches. I didn’t want to throw the holiday tip if I can graft it.

  4. NM Nate on May 11, 2021 at 1:09 am

    I had thought about using one of those tools but the mixed reviews kinda steered me away. I’ll probably chip bud my apple trees next year. Might also try it on our apricots once the trees get larger. JSacadura has some amazing grafting videos.

  5. Jai on May 11, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Been waiting on a grafting vid I did my own a few of my own just last week.

  6. Donald Boyett on May 11, 2021 at 1:10 am

    I got into grafting this year and started with this tool. I then switched to a grating knife. Every graft with the tool failed. Every one I did with the knife has taken. I mostly used whip and tongue grafts with the knife.

  7. Felipe Rubio on May 11, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Thanks for the tutorial it was very informative! I’ve never grafted before, but you made it look easy how you explained and showed us how it’s done. I’m definitely going to try it on some of my fig and mangoes trees.

  8. Brad Miller on May 11, 2021 at 1:14 am

    That’s awesome! Can’t wait to try mine out. 🙂

  9. Gary Henderson on May 11, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Excellent video. Thank you very much.
    he first time I saw grafting a fig tree was 66 years ago. I was 4. My grandfather was a Sicilian imigrant, and he loved his figs.
    He used a very sharp folding pocket knife, and some melted parafin.
    Instead of grafting to a piece of rootstock, he grafted to a side branch on one of his Italian fig trees. He had 3 different varieties of figs growing on the same tree.
    He cut the he was grafting into the female open shape, and the branch of the host tree into the solid male end. He wrapped the graft tighly with a strong cotton string (like butcher string), and then sealed it with parafin.
    He had done the same type of grafting with apple and cherry trees. He had a bi-colored red and yellow cherry tree, and an apple tree that produced 5-6 different varieties of apples.
    This tool would have pleased and delighted him.
    Thanks for bringing back that memory. And thanks for the grafting instructions. They will be put to very good use.

  10. Efren Chen on May 11, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Grafting tools are good for beginners, but it lacks the flexibility of using a grafting knife, especially when the width of the scionwood and rootstock twig don’t match up.

  11. Julian Hernandez on May 11, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Exactly what I wanted to learn

  12. Matthew Farrell on May 11, 2021 at 1:24 am

    I was looking at a tool similar, I want to turn the Imperial mandarin tree we have into a 5 or 6 variety one, finding the scion wood is going to be hard.

    I know the cold weather has passed, but here in Melbourne Oz, we have had nice Autumn weather 24-28C (75-82F) which is nice before we start moving towards our winter temps

  13. Shiffer Brains on May 11, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Excellent…..I was talking to my wife about possibly trying some grafting. Not sure if I would use the tool or a knife, either way….It sounds fun. lol

  14. JL on May 11, 2021 at 1:24 am

    I bought one of these and returned it to Amazon the next day. I could not get those freaking screws out to change the blade and ended up stripping the screws. It was ridiculous! Then I noticed lots of the reviews say the same thing. 🤔

  15. Sigi Baes on May 11, 2021 at 1:25 am

    How’s your bananas?

  16. John C. on May 11, 2021 at 1:25 am

    Thanks for the video MG; I have ordered one of those tools also and hope to graft some White Madeira scions in the near future here in Victoria, BC. I think Dale would approve 🙂

  17. Debbie Fontenot on May 11, 2021 at 1:26 am

    How do I access your Amazon market place? I’ve tried to locate it but been unsuccessful. Thanks

  18. Symbiotic Finca on May 11, 2021 at 1:27 am

    I’ve had this tool for a couple years and a lot of people talk trash about it but that’s because they don’t know how to use it ! …it’s worked great for me the grafts heal nice every time .

  19. Joel Spence on May 11, 2021 at 1:27 am

    I’ve heard the grafting tool is not ideal for avocados. Unfortunately I bought one to do just that. I’ve experimented with some roses while I wait for some avo scion wood.

  20. Peter Shu on May 11, 2021 at 1:27 am


  21. vito Fall on May 11, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Thank you pal. Got mine last year but late in the season. Glad you have demonstrated it for us. Can’t wait to use it. All the best happy figgin.

  22. Casey Jones on May 11, 2021 at 1:29 am

    The only drawback that I’ve found is the cut/union isn’t very deep. So when they are outside in wind or storms, the graft tends not to stay connected.

  23. John Doe on May 11, 2021 at 1:29 am

    2:50 if you are successful at grafting then you can have more opportunities to get a successful root with your own cuttings from the grafted tree. Hope your BNR grows so you can share : D

  24. Lorenz Plato on May 11, 2021 at 1:32 am

    I have this tool and do not like it, i tried it many times and have a low rate of succes, i think that the lenght of the cuts are not long enough so not enough cambium contact, also when i tied the graft joints with rubber bands, the cuts even though look precise and tight will slip off with the pressure. I went back to grafting manually. I rather graft that root cuttings.

  25. Doing Things Different on May 11, 2021 at 1:34 am

    We have a couple apple trees I think I need to graft (just not pollinating as well as we hoped). This looks like a pretty handy tool

  26. Odah Jabbar on May 11, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Hi I followed your method of fertilizing the fig trees.same day it rained for about 24hrs after do i need to fertiliz them again? There in Containers.

  27. Marc Naidu on May 11, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Useful video. Very clear.

    Btw, I think you used the ox bow blade and not the v blade.

    I’m wondering when to use the ox bow blade vs the v blade.

    Any thoughts on this?

  28. Kinjo51 on May 11, 2021 at 1:44 am

    *Excellent tutorial, content and Great closeups. I appreciate this content. Thank you for sharing.*

  29. David Rodda on May 11, 2021 at 1:47 am

    A magnificent grafting tool. I will purchase one to do my grafting.I have a disability losing some fingers on my left hand, due to an accident. Using the grafting knife my success rate is less than 50%.It’s hard to get a clean straight cut between the cambium layer.Thank you for sharing.

  30. Alicia Guerra-Salazar on May 11, 2021 at 1:51 am

    I had one like it, my son gave it to me at Christmas and I grafted almost 20 cuts, none, or nothing caught me. The fact that a leaf has grown does not mean anything, it is the same when one tries to root, there are some who take leaves but not roots.

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  32. mja829 on May 11, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Excellent tool, works great when scion and grafts are the same and not too thick. My favorite technique is T-bud, its the strongest and most successful for me.

  33. Fil AbR on May 11, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Excellent tutorial. One of the limitations I found with this tool is the diameter. If it happens to have a thick scion and root stock, you cannot fit them in the cutter.

  34. ALBONGardens on May 11, 2021 at 1:56 am

    I have the same tool but I never use it. After watching this video I feel motivated to use it. I just use a very sharp box cutter because you can do thinner scions with a blade. But I will try it out on my mulberries that I need to graft

  35. Brian Rodrigue on May 11, 2021 at 1:56 am

    A professional grafter suggested that tool is junk…better to use a sharp knife,you need a smooth cut,also buddy tape is better…

  36. Jonathan Lee on May 11, 2021 at 2:00 am

    In malaysia you can get a small bud grafted BNR for 30 dollars. The cuttings are about 12 dollars each. If i were to get a Bnr, i would rather just spend double to get the stable plant than try to root a cutting in case that particular one fails.

  37. Mohamed Abouzour on May 11, 2021 at 2:02 am

    Great video. thanks for sharing

  38. William Fernandez on May 11, 2021 at 2:02 am

    Did you have to remove the plastic wrapping from the top ?

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