10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL
Growing fruit trees is so rewarding, but don’t limit yourself to the varieties available from local nurseries and stores. When you learn to graft you can create your very own fruit tree to meet your specifications.
Do you want the size to be miniature, dwarf, or semi-dwarf? Do you want to espalier? Or maybe you want to grow a rare variety. Well all of this can be achieved when you learn to graft.
Craig Evankoe, a long time grafter and fruit tree grower, will teach you the whip and tongue grafting technique used in the spring to start a new tree from a particular rootstock. Apple and Pear varieties graft best using this technique. Stone fruits are more successful using the summer grafting techniques (T-budding and Chip budding).
If you are interested in leaving this class with a grafted tree, then email Michelle to order your rootstock before March 30th. Each rootstock costs $4. We will have some scion wood available, but it is best to bring the specific variety of scion wood you want to graft.
APPLE – BUD 9 – Develops into a tree about 30%-35% of standard at maturity. Very hardy. Requires staking. PEAR –
OHXF333 – Compatible with European and Asian varieties. About 50%-70% of standard pear tree size at maturity.
Fee: (cash/check at the door)
TRI Co-op members $20 Join today!
Please bring a sharpened grafting knife or pocket knife. We will try to have a few available as well.
To register with The Resiliency Institute and pay online: http://www.theresiliencyinstitute.net/events/815/grafting-fruit-trees-whip-tongue/