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Is special grafting tape worth it?

A baby tree outgrowing grafting tape

Five apples that Anna grafted at home with Parafilm Grafting Tape are all thriving, while four out of ten trees that Anna grafted at a workshop using some sort of athletic tape failed.

The trees grafted with parafilm tape are already starting to push out of their wrappings, while we'll have to unwrap the other trees in a few weeks to give the trunks room to grow.

At 7 bucks and change, a roll of grafting tape will probably last us the rest of our lives.  We feel like the tape has already paid for itself.

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