Grafting of horticultural crops has been a practice in Japan and Korea for around hundred years to reduce the risk of soil-borne diseases. In the last two decades, grafting has greatly increased in popularity worldwide due to the discovery of new rootstock varieties. Next to disease prevention, other reasons for grafting include increasing production and reducing abiotic stress symptoms.
Many horticultural crops are grafted, for example tomato, pepper eggplant, cucumber zucchini, and (water)melons. Furthermore, there are many different grafting methods and the growing conditions can vary greatly depending on the region. Because of this, young plant nurseries around the world are asking for grafting clips best suited for their specific crop, growing conditions and grafting method.
To respond to this question, more than 10 years ago Royal Brinkman started, in close cooperation with important young plant nurseries around the globe, to develop grafting clips that are adapted to their specific needs. This has resulted in a wide range of models, sizes and materials.
For example in Mediterranean countries where tomatoes are grafted in hot summer time, most nurseries prefer more rigid clips because they cultivate fairly tough plants. In more moderate climates the plants are grafted in winter time and there is more preference for soft and flexible grafting clips.
Grafting methods in for example watermelons can roughly be divided in two groups top grafting and approximation grafting. For each of these methods different models are available.
Grafting clips are not only suitable for vegetables. One can also use grafting clips to graft roses.
These grafting clips replace grafting clamps. In addition, these small, powerful clips don´t have to be removed from the young plant and finally will fall off when the graft is completely united and start growing.
Years ago Royal Brinkman started with colouring grafting clips. Herewith nurseries can distinguish clip size or crop variety and can reduce the chance of human mistakes. Coloured grafting clips can be delivered in 8 different translucent colours (transparent, red, blue, green, yellow, pink, orange, black) and in all our models even in the soft and flexible grafting clips. Nurseries who are using the coloured clips are very enthusiastic.
Although this has already resulted in a wide product range, Royal Brinkman continues to develop new varieties to fulfil the needs and wishes of customers.
Are you curious which grafting clip is best for your situation? Read the following article about choosing the right grafting clip at the Royal Brinkman Knowledge Center: https://royalbrinkman.com/knowledge-center/crop-rotation/choosing-grafting-clip