10715 Wynspire Way, Highlands Ranch, CO
Since apples do not reproduce true from seed, propagation depends on grafting the desired cultivar onto a reliable rootstock.
This meetup will be an introduction to the basics of grafting including demonstration of the technique. Each participant will graft two trees to take home. All the supplies will be provided. We’ll have some extra wood on hand that you can use to practice before you graft your take-home trees.
Besides grafting apple trees, we'll discuss selecting the right rootstock and how you can collect your own scion wood. We'll also discuss grafting scions directly onto trees so you can have multiple varieties on one tree.
The cultivars are delicious tasting apples well suited to the Front Range - William's Pride, Haralson and Sweet 16 - sourced from Masonville Orchards in Fort Collins. I’ve ordered G 11 rootstock because it is cold tolerant, fireblight resistant and dwarfing (growing about 10 feet tall) so will do well and fit in the average Denver metro yard.
Cost is $30 per person which includes a fact sheet and taking home the two trees you’ve grafted yourself.
Please reserve your spot by sending a check for $30 to me at my address 10715 Wynspire Way, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130. There will be two sessions - one on Saturday 4/5 and one on Sunday 4/6 - with 5 participants each. Please specify which date you are coming.
Space is limited to the first 10 people to mail me checks. I have ordered enough scionwood for everyone to have their choice of cultivar regardless of whether you attend the Saturday or Sunday session.
If you can, wear an old sweater, old sweatshirt, old down vest or carhartt vest.
– Judith Moran
About me: I was fortunate to be a full-time apprentice at the University of California Santa Cruz’s Farm and Gardens where I learned from knowledgable and conscientious orchardists how to grow fruit trees.
I hold a certificate in permaculture design, have worked for restaurants growing food including tree fruit, and tend bees holistically without chemicals or antibiotics.
I’m steadily building a business as a permaculture consultant – spreading my knowledge of and passion for: tending trees and bees, harvesting greywater, sinking the rain in earthworks, creating compost, growing healthy food and flowers, saving seeds and designing for regeneration and abundance.