Lindcove staff member Gerardo Perez is budding the scion Parent navel to Carrizo rootstock for an upcoming research project. First a T-cut is made on the rootstock plant through the bark just deep enough to reach the cambium layer. Then an individual bud from the scion budstick is cut away, cutting through the cambium layer. The bud is slotted into the T-cut so that the two cambium layers will fuse and grow together over several weeks. The newly slotted bud is wrapped tightly with non-sticky stretch tape and left in place until new vegetative growth from the scion appears under the tape.