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Grafting Apple Trees
Sat 25 March 2017, 09:30 – 15:30 GMT
Grafting of Apples
Lead by our expert, John Easton, this course will teach you how to graft apple trees, focusing on whip and tongue grafting.
We will deal with
- knife handling
- tree production
- pollinator branches
- changing varieties
- tree repair
The course will be informal; numbers are deliberately limited so that those attending can receive the necessary individual attention.
The practical sessions will not include rind grafting as this requires sap movement, although it will be discussed.
You will need to bring:
- A notebook (an A4 summary sheet will be handed out, but it cannot contain all the details of this practical course)
- A knife suitable for grafting (straight bladed, sharpened on both sides of the cutting edge, with a blade approximately 2.5 inches or 7cm long). It must not be serrated, have “chips” out it or have a curved blade. It need not be sharp as it can be sharpened on the day.
- Any two lengths of healthy one year wood of apple that you wish to graft. They ideally need to be pencil thick at the base and not have fruit buds. It should, if possible, be 10 inches (25cm) long. It you cannot provide this quality of wood, then bring what you can and we will see if it can be grafted. Do not cut off the tip of the shoots. Please collect the wood the day before the course, keep it moist, wrap it in polythene and store it in a cool place, but NOT with any fruit. Please label it with the variety and your name. I will have about 7-8 other varieties for use if you want to use any of them.
- Any photographs of trees at home you wish to graft as this will help in deciding what you will need to do at home.
If you want to take a grafted tree or trees away with you then please provide a polythene sleeve or wrap 2.5 feet long.