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2013 Fruit Tree Grafting Workshops

Posted: February 15, 2013

2013 Fruit Tree Grafting Workshops

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach will have four Fruit Tree Grafting Workshops this year.  

March 27, 6:30-8:30 pm in Altoona at the Polk County Extension Ofc.
March 28, 7:00-9:00 pm in Bettendorf at the Scott County Extension Ofc.
April 2, 7:00-9:00 pm in Mt. Pleasant at the Henry County Extension Ofc.
April 4, 6:30-8:30 pm in Charles City at the Floyd County Ext. Ofc.

ISU Extension & Outreach Field Specialist Patrick O’Malley will teach the workshops on March 27, 28, & April 2  and ISU Extension Regional Horticulturist Bob Hauer will teach the one on April 4.  

Each participant will receive two apple rootstocks and a access to a variety of scions (e.g. ‘Honeycrisp’ plus others).  The rootstocks, various scion wood, grafting tape, grafting sealant, and knives, will be provided (feel free to bring in your own knife).   The rootstocks offered are Polish 22 (extreme dwarf), EMLA 26 (dwarf) and EMLA 7 (semi dwarf).  Only EMLA 26 will be offered at Floyd County site.  

The program will start off with a presentation on reasons for grafting and the different types of fruit tree grafting.  That will be followed by a demonstration of a whip and tongue grafting.  Then participants will self-graft two apple trees to take home.

If you have any scion wood (one year old growth) from an apple tree, feel free to bring that in as well .  Registration deadline is March 25 and there is a limit of 30 participants.
 
Fee structure is $35 per person or $60 for couple ($30 each for any two or more registering together and includes 2 rootstock for each person).  Additional rootstock will be available for a cost of $5 each.  For additional questions about workshop content and preparation contact Patrick O’Malley omall@iastate.edu or Bob Hauer bhauer@iastate.edu

Registration details for each site can be found here:
Altoona
Bettendorf
Mt. Pleasant
Charles City


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