Hands on Apple Grafting Workshop Offered

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Watauga and Avery County Extension will host an apple grafting workshop on Thursday March 9th. The class is hands on and you will leave with 2-3 grafted apple trees to take home. The same class will be offered 2 times to keep class sizes small. Classes will limited to 10 participants each. First class will be from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., with the second following from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Cost of the class will be $10 and can be paid at the door. Please register ahead of time by calling the Watauga Extension office at 828-264-3061. The class will be held at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center located at 252 Poplar Grove Rd.

Grafting is a long practiced process where the top part of one plant is joined with the root system of another related plant. You ask, why would you want to cut two plants in half and then join them together? The advantage of doing this is that you get the best qualities of each part. We will be Providing the m-111 rootstock, which will provide dwarfing capabilities, keeping your apple tree at a height of 15-20 ft. tall, and will also provide some disease resistance to root rots. The top part of the tree or “scion” can be collected from the apple tree of your choice. Maybe you have an old overgrown apple that you would like to start over, or perhaps a friend or relative has a variety that you would really like to have yourself. We will also have scion wood of heirloom apple varieties that you may also choose to use. For more information on gathering scion wood see: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/selecting_and_storing_scion_wood_for_grafting