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Apple Tree Grafting

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    10715 Wynspire Way, Highlands Ranch, CO (map)

    39.521360 -104.940120

  • 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.

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  • Denise C.

    Sorry to miss this class. I just was released from the hospital. Will you have another class in a month or so for me to transfer in to?

    April 4, 2014

  • Judith M.

    As of March 31, this class if full. If you pre-paid by mail, you would have received email confirmation from me. I can't accept walk-ins the day of the class because I only have a limited amount of rootstock, scions and grafting knives.

    March 31, 2014

  • Judith M.

    As of March 30, there are two spaces left in this class. If you'd like to attend, send $30 check or cash (wrapped up) to me at my address 10715 Wynspire Way, Highlands Ranch 80130. Once I receive payment, I'll confirm your space by email.

    March 30, 2014

  • Michelle F.

    Thank you Judith. The check just went in the mail. Look forward to seeing you the 6th. How much time should I schedule for the class?

    March 27, 2014

    • Judith M.

      Great! I will email you confirmation when I receive it. I estimate the class will run an hour and a half. Anyone is welcome to stay longer for more practice grafting though. I've got an April 6th class listed on the Greater Denver Urban Homesteading Meetup site. Would you change your rsvp to this April 5th meet up to "no" and rsvp "yes" to the April 6th one. Thanks Michelle and see you on the 6th!

      March 27, 2014

  • Michelle F.

    Hi Judith,

    If you have any spaces still available, my first choice is Sunday the 6th, with Saturday the 5th as an alternate.

    March 26, 2014

    • Judith M.

      Hi Michelle - send a $30 check to me Judith Moran to 10715 Wynspire Way, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130 and I'll put you on the Sunday class list. There are still two spots in the Sunday class. I'm requiring folks pre-pay since there are only a set amount of rootstock and scion wood and grafting tools so I can't just have folks show up on the day of the class. You'll get to take two apple tree whips home with you. thanks and hope to see you Sunday the 6th, Judith

      March 27, 2014

  • Judith M.

    Registration for this class ends the last day of March.

    March 18, 2014

  • Hilary

    Do you still have space available? If so, which days?

    January 27, 2014

    • Judith M.

      Yes, there is still space available in both classes. There are 5 spaces left in the Saturday class and 3 spaces left in the Sunday class as of today 1/27.

      January 27, 2014

    • Judith M.

      As of Feb. 1, there are 4 spaces left in the Saturday class.

      February 1, 2014

  • Judith M.

    Dear folks interested in apple grafting:

    I've set the dates for Apple Grafting - one session limited to 5 participants on Saturday April 5 at 10:30 am and one session limited to 5 participants on Sunday April 6 at 10:30 am. Everyone will have their choice of scionwood as I've ordered 10 of each cultivar. I only have 5 grafting knives so that's why each class has to be limited to 5.

    To reserve your space, send a check made out to Judith Moran to me at 10715 Wynspire Way, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130 and specify which day (Sat or Sun) you wish to attend.

    Looking forward to this! - Judith

    January 14, 2014

  • Rhonda

    I am definitely interested, but Saturdays are out until late April.

    December 28, 2013

    • Judith M.

      I've scheduled a second Apple Grafting workshop on Sunday April 6th.

      January 14, 2014

  • Judith Moran changed the location for this Meetup

    January 14, 2014

  • Judith Moran changed the date and time to Saturday, April 05, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    January 14, 2014

  • Loretta B.

    I have an apple from COSTCO with 3 types of apples on it now. My goal is to keep adding more grafts, as the tree is big enough to support them, and have a dozen or more apples from one tree. I will be pruning, so can bring scion wood from Honeycrisp, Cortland, and MaIntosh

    December 28, 2013

    • Judith M.

      That'd be great Loretta. If you haven't collected scionwood before there are helpful instructions found on the web. Basically: be sure to use sterilized pruners and choose straight healthy wood - last year's growth - around the diameter of a pencil. Water sprouts from high in the tree usually make good scions. Put the scions wrapped in damp paper towels in gallon size ziplock bags. Each bag should be labelled with the name of the cultivar. Place the bags in your refrigerator til grafting day. Don't store apples or pears in the fridge or the ethylene gas they emit may force the scions out of dormancy.

      December 28, 2013

  • Ryan R

    Would a peach tree recultivate using this method. Or any other type of fruit tree for that matter?

    December 25, 2013

    • Judith M.

      Yes, you can graft peach trees with dormant scionwood just as long as the rootstock you graft it onto is also peach. Bench grafted peach trees need dependable heat usually from a heating mat (to the warmth of 80-85 F degrees) to promote the callous between the scionwood and rootstock whereas bench grafted apple or pear trees only need 50-60 degrees F (a cool cellar, shed or garage) to heal the callous. Because of this extra need for heat, peaches are not as often bench grafted from dormant scionwood as are apples and pears.

      Instead, peaches are usually grafted in the warm season (August) by bud grafting – grafting a bud of a peach tree onto a peach rootstock. I may host a Meetup in August to demonstrate bud grafting.

      December 26, 2013

  • Judith M.

    I'm going forward with ordering the rootstock and scionwood. Once I have an idea of when the rootstock will arrive in the mail I will set the class date (probably mid-March) and location (probably Highlands Ranch) and ask for interested participants to register and pre-pay. Looking forward to this! - Judith

    December 25, 2013

  • Hilary

    depends on my work schedule but I'd love a class like this

    December 25, 2013

  • Kayla k.

    Would love to attend such a class.

    December 24, 2013

  • Denise C.

    I am interested. I was going to try my hand at apple grafting last Spring, but couldn't find the proper root stock.

    December 24, 2013

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