Fruit Tree Grafting - T bud and Chip

Want to grow apples, sweet cherries, pears, paw paws, or any other fruiting tree requiring two polllinators--but you only have room for ONE tree? Then you need to learn how to GRAFT in this HANDS-ON Class!

Grafting trees is the process of combining two trees together to create a hybrid species. When you graft trees, you are simply taking a piece of one tree and inserting it into another and then wrapping it up. Before you set off to graft trees on your property, however, it is important to learn how to do it properly.

You will learn:
• Why to graft
• Examples of grafts
• Demonstration of chip graft
• Demonstration of “T” bud graft

You will practice grafting using branches and buds. If you have a potted tree and a bud you would like to graft, bring it to class. The instructor and assistants will be on hand to provide individualized assistance.

We will supply parafilm and grafting rubbers, and have grafting knives for sale. Please bring your own grafting knife, pocket knife or utility knife if you have one. We will also have some band aids on hand for any mishaps!

Cost: $30


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  • Karen V.

    I learned a whole lot during this class including how to property use and care for grafting knives, how and when to use certain grafting techniques and the best places to graft along a stem. Craig sent me home with TWO dwarf apple rootstocks and two varieties of pear bud sticks that I used as soon as I got home!

    June 30, 2013

  • Michelle

    Not only did I learn how to perform the T bud and Chip bud graft, but Craig taught us how to hold the knife properly to prevent cutting ourselves. He also shared rootstock and bud sticks from his orchard. I left with an asian pear rootstock and a few pear bud sticks! Check out the photos on Facebook

    June 30, 2013

  • Michelle

    Our order of grafting knives did not arrive today, so please bring a pocket, grafting or utility knife to class. Cutting is only one component of grafting, so it is no problem to share.

    June 29, 2013

    • Michelle

      Well, the grafting knives just arrived, so we will have enough for everyone.

      June 29, 2013

  • Muffadal S.

    What else could substitute for a grafting knife?

    June 28, 2013

    • Karen V.

      By no means am I an expert, but you can try substituting a-very-sharp-sturdy-hand­-knife-that-you-can-keep­-a-firm-grip-of for a grafting knife. If you have a pocket knife that is quite sharp, and you're comfortable using that, bring it and see how it fares. There will be some grafting supplies used in the demos and I am sure you can test that out if there is time.

      1 · June 28, 2013

  • Karen V.

    Sounds great! Can't wait to learn about this.

    June 26, 2013

  • Micah

    Looking forward to the meetup!

    June 26, 2013

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