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Fruit Tree Grafting

Wayne Clifton works for the Florida Department of Agriculture.   He is a noted horticulturalist with many accomplishments.  He has developed the first variety of a cherimoya fruit tree that is well adapted to Florida's humid climate.

Grafting is an ancient method for producing fast-bearing, reliable
fruit trees. Mr. Clifton will give our group instructions on modern
grafting techniques.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a grafting knife if they have one, or a very sharp pocket knife, or any very sharp knife such as an Xacto craft knife, and scions (small branch cuttings) to participate and learn by "hands-on doing".  Please clean the blade with a Clorox Cleanup or a bit of bleach as dirty tools and hands often lead to graft failure.  Also, if you have them, bring pruners and grafting tape and parafilm.  We will have some grafting tape available if you don't have any parafilm.  No worries.  Those who prefer may simply observe the techniques.  The meeting will feature a fruit-tasting table, a plant exchange, and enjoyable company of other avid fruit tree gardeners.  We will be meeting in a room that has a spectacular panoramic view of Sarasota Bay, the Great Room at Selby Botanical Gardens. 

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  • Shayna T.

    Was totally awesome- I posted some pics on the book of the face.

    May 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative and good, enthusiastic speaker. I wish he'd had a hand out with pertinent info for us to keep.

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • Isaac & I.

    Very informative, super knowledgeable speaker!

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Will

    great talk. audience was very attentive

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I could have used another 80 or so hours with this very good presentation. --or a bigger brain!

    2 · May 21, 2014

  • Maurene F.

    I'm probably going to arrive late.

    April 26, 2014

  • Penelope S.

    Is it necessary to pay the admission fee before attending this meeting?

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Will

      No. Come & learn!

      April 21, 2014

  • Isaac & I.

    Sorry but we can't make it this time. Would love to learn how to graft from the experts, as we need to do just that to our mango sappling...

    April 20, 2014

  • Will

    Bring a seedling and some bud wood from different variety and you will learn how to graft fruit trees by yourself. If you have a grafting knife or an Xacto craft knife, bring it. This will be a hands-on demonstration and you will learn a great and valuable skill in the world of fruit tree horticulture. You could have all of your favorite citrus growing on one tree, or all of your favorite avocados on one tree!

    1 · April 17, 2014

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