CONTACT: Shengrui Yao, 505-852-4241, yaos
ALCALDE – Grafting various cultivars to a fruit tree with a good root system can provide a wide variety of growing options.
“A homeowner might only have one apple or peach tree, but they can have different kinds of apples or peaches in their backyard orchard,” said Shengrui Yao, New Mexico State University Extension fruit specialist. “They can accomplish this by grafting different cultivars to an established fruit tree.”
Other benefits of grafting fruit trees include changing the tree’s fruit variety, keeping an heirloom family apple alive, or establishing a pollination branch on a solitary apple tree to provide pollen for the blossoms.
Yao will explain the techniques for grafting fruit trees during a workshop Thursday, July 19, at NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, 371 County Road 40 in Alcalde. The free workshop will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The workshop will include a presentation and hands-on experience. Participants are asked to bring a small sharp knife or grafting knife to participate in the hands-on activities with budding, bark grafting and tasks.
To register, call Ana or Augusta at 505-852-4241.