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.
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.