Updated: Apr 15, 2021
Last month I posted a story about having a morning walk through my garden after the snow melted and noticed a mouse had eaten my jujube tree bark. The tree is stripped of its bark entirely around the tree's base. I know that the tree will not live because the Cambium layer is gone around the tree's entire bottom. One of the cambium layers functions is to carry water and nutrients to the limbs of the tree. The cambium layer is the green underneath the bark. So if it's completely stripped from the base of my tree, then the tree can't carry nutrients and water to the tree's upper limbs.
I worked in the garden, getting seeds planted and doing other things to get ready for spring. I had the jujube trees on my mind, and a thought came to me. Firstly, I have two different varieties of jujube trees and were protected better throughout the winter months. I don't see damage to that tree like the other one, so it hit me. Why don't I take a cutting from the damaged tree and graft it to the other variety of jujube trees that don't have damage?
How to Graft a Tree Branch
Find a branch on both trees that are the same diameter. Once you have found those branches, then cut the branch off the dying tree (in my case).
This is an excellent grafting tool that I bought from Amazon.
You can see how the cut fits perfectly together.
Once I have cut my branches I use black Once I have cut my branches, I use black electrical tape to hold the stems together until they heal. I'm hoping for the best, even though I noticed that the second jujube tree's bark is stripped away. I'm very frustrated, but I will leave it for now and see what happens. The graft should heal in three to six weeks.
As you can see, both trees are damaged, and I doubt that either of these trees will live, but I'll be hopeful for now.