Fruit Tree Grafting (Second Date/Time)

  • April 8, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Repeat offered for those of you on the waiting list!!...

Grafting is the primary method used to make new fruit trees that resemble their “parents.”  Learning this art can save you lots of money on fruit trees as well as greatly expand your selection of varieties! Peter Bixby, local homesteader & small orchard keeper, plus a patient teacher, will instruct us in this technique.  All participants will leave with 3 grafted apple trees.

COST: is on a sliding scale of $35-45, which includes 3 grafted trees.  (The rootstock is Geneva 30 semi-dwarf.)  Grafting knives (folding Victronex) will also be available for sale for $23 by preordering with me.  If you already have your own, please bring a knife.  Otherwise, all supplies (scionwood, grafting tape, some knives to use at the workshop, etc) will be provided.

Since this workshop has so many costs associated, we are going to ask everyone to pay in full ahead of time.  To secure your space, I will need your check by February 25.  Full details on this will be sent to you when you rsvp positively for the workshop.

Workshop description:

Grafting is the primary method used to make new fruit trees that resemble their “parents.” Apples do not breed anywhere near true from seed, and to get the exact characteristics of a stone fruit variety, you also need to graft. In this workshop, we will discuss some of the general principles of grafting and fruit tree propagation, and then learn the technique of whip and tongue grafting, which is the most straightforward technique for doing a small number of grafts for a homestead setting.

We will practice the technique on plain sticks until we are confident with our skills, and then do three grafts of actual apple scions onto semi-dwarf rootstock, which you will then take home and care for and, with any luck, get fruit from in a few years. We will just work with apples at this point because they are more forgiving of imperfect technique than stone fruit. We will also take a look at some grafts Peter has done on his own trees, and discuss how to take care of the young grafted trees until they are strong enough to be planted into permanent locations.

Peter will have an exciting variety of scionwood available from his own trees, from the MOFGA scionwood exchange and possibly from other local sources.

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  • Suzanne B.

    I was wondering how everyone's trees were doing. All of mine are growing below the graft union, and one is growing above, which really excited me since I didn't really think any of them would take. If I read the care sheet right, I'm supposed to take off any growth below the graft, is that right? Do I just snap the growth off? Thanks.

    May 7, 2013

    • Laura W.

      Yes, snap or cut the new growth off on the rootstock. This forces the graft to leaf out.

      May 7, 2013

    • Laura W.

      A few of my scion buds are enlarging so I'm getting excited too.:-)

      May 7, 2013

  • Amy A

    Hi all!

    Peter noticed that not all the handouts about how to care for your new trees were taken... so I've uploaded it onto our site for you to check out. Here's the link: http://www.meetup.com/GreaterSeacoastPermaculture/files/

    And your feedback on the workshop is always welcome so we can improve it next year! (thanks to those who have commented already!)

    Amy

    April 14, 2013

  • Dr. Jackie D.

    The class was loaded with information and was well organized. I'm excited to be putting in my new apple trees, and hope to use my new skills to acquire some other apple varieties in my trees in future years!

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Rick

    Great time and lots of info. Perhaps (for those of us with memories like sieves) a hand out with the more important details and after care would be good. Not a complaint, just a thought. Again, great job and thank you so much!

    April 8, 2013

    • Amy A

      Hi Rick - thanks for the feedback, which I will pass on to Peter. We are always glad to get ideas for making classes better!

      April 8, 2013

    • Laura W.

      Oops, there was an after care handout on the register table. I'll scan it tonight and post in the file tab, Rick.

      April 8, 2013

  • Bob

    Very educational. Peter is a very good teacher. Very patient and knowledgable. A wonderful program. Trees are already in the ground. Fingers crossed.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Suzanne B.

    Great workshop today! I learned so much about fruit tree grafting. I hope my grafts take and I get delicious apples at some point in my future. After I got home I realized that I only had 5 fruit trees, not 6. I must have left one in my haste to get home. Hopefully someone finds it and gives it a good home. Thank you to Peter Bixby for having this great workshop!!

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Laura W.

    Amy, if you get this in time, please tell Peter that I'm looking for cider apple type scions and eating apple scions like Fuji or honeycrisp.

    April 7, 2013

    • Amy A

      Laura - great that you know! Just tell him tomorrow and he'll steer you in the right direction. He has lots to choose from!

      April 7, 2013

    • Laura W.

      Thanks, I'll do that.

      April 8, 2013

  • Boiester

    Help, who can do Sunday (today)? Anyone? If so I will switch with you. Please let me know ASAP. [masked]

    April 7, 2013

  • Michael C.

    I am able to switch to the Sunday workshop if needed, I can go to either one.

    April 4, 2013

    • Amy A

      Hi Michael - that's ok, this is working out! We'll see you on Monday. Though, thanks for being willing!

      April 4, 2013

  • Dr. Jackie D.

    Hey everyone, I'm currently signed up for the Sunday tree grafting workshop, but have a scheduling glitch, so I'm wondering if anyone can trade days with me?!?

    April 3, 2013

    • Amy A

      Jackie - I am going to let you into this one, even without anyone switching out. There are some others interested in coming Sunday, so I think it can all work out. Ok?

      April 3, 2013

    • Dr. Jackie D.

      Thanks so much Amy!

      April 4, 2013

  • Rick

    I would swap if I could, but I'll be working. Sorry.

    April 3, 2013

  • Debbie

    Yippee!!

    February 18, 2013

  • Lauren W.

    I can't do weekdays... Too hard with the kiddos :(

    February 18, 2013

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