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The best tape for grafting
Buddy Tape is an innovative tape for budding and grafting devised with a unique formulation and properties to allow easy and rapid application, reduced labour costs, and high success rates in the crop.
This unique product was developed in Japan in 1985 and has been used throughout Europe and North America for the last fifteen years. In order to fully utilize the unique characteristics of Buddy-Tape, we recommend that it is stretched gradually as it is applied.
About Buddy Tape
The tape biodegrades naturally in exposure to sunlight, eliminating labour costs necessary to cut away standard tapes after use, and providing an environmentally responsible answer to the problem of waste.
Buddy Tape can be stretched to upto eight times its' original length. The elastic nature of the material allows small pieces to be used for the application, and ensures an extremely tight grip on the bud or graft to keep it firmly in place, as is necessary to allow successful growth. Elasticity also means the tape expands as the plant grows, avoiding cutting into the plant which is a common problem with standard budding and grafting tapes.
Buddy Tape is not adhesive in its' normal stored form, but becomes self-adhesive when stretched. This allows quick application with no need for tying knots, and combined with the firm seal created by the film's elastic nature, means that the bud or graft is kept in place even in windy conditions.
The film has a wax content to keep it waterproof, so the bud or graft will not dehydrate, but air can pass through the permeable tape allowing the bud to breath. The wax content also means that use of Buddy Tape can eliminate the need for waxing in covered areas.
Complete bud cover
Buddy Tape is pierced by the bud as it begins to grow, and because the permeable nature of the material allows the bud to breath, the bud can be completely covered. This provides protection from infection and insects.
Application and Storage
In order to fully utilize the unique characteristics of Buddy Tape, we recommend that it is stretched gradually as it is applied. Although there is a natural tendency to stretch the film to fuller size and then simply wrap around, this can cause the tape to become stringy which can mean that the tape cuts into the growing plant like standard grafting tapes. Take a look at our videos to see how rapidly the tape is applied.
Buddy Tape is produced in widths of 18mm, 25mm, or 30mm and can be supplied with or without perforations. All rolls are 60 meters in length.
Individual rolls are packaged in small boxes, and those boxes are packed within a large cardboard carton.
18mm (width) x 60m (length)
- (no perforations) : Packaging = 8 rolls per box / 120 rolls per carton
- 40mm perforations : Packaging = 8 rolls per box / 120 rolls per carton
- 50mm perforations : Packaging = 8 rolls per box / 120 rolls per carton
- 70mm perforations : Packaging = 8 rolls per box / 120 rolls per carton
25mm (width) x 60m (length)
- (no perforations) : Packaging = 6 rolls per box / 90 rolls per carton
- 40mm perforations : Packaging = 6 rolls per box / 90 rolls per carton
- 50mm perforations : Packaging = 6 rolls per box / 90 rolls per carton
- 70mm perforations : Packaging = 6 rolls per box / 90 rolls per carton
30mm (width) x 60m (length)
- (no perforations) : Packaging = 5 rolls per box / 75 rolls per carton
- 40mm perforations : Packaging = 5 rolls per box / 75 rolls per carton
- 50mm perforations : Packaging = 5 rolls per box / 75 rolls per carton
- 70mm perforations : Packaging = 5 rolls per box / 75 rolls per carton
Points of Caution
Please keep Buddy Tape out of direct sunlight within a temperature range of 10-30 (In particular, avoid leaving the tape in a hot car). Lengthy exposure to UV light will begin the degradation process of the film and could effect its performance.
Once the tape has been applied it will be resistant to rainy and windy conditions. However, we recommend avoiding applying Buddy Tape in the rain as water on the surface could affect the initial adhesion of the tape. Also note that in temperatures of lower than 15C the elasticity of the film is reduced. Do not remove Buddy Tape from its' protective case before application as this is necessary for protection from pressure and UV light.
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