Apple Grafting Workshop for Commercial Orchardists

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In-Person

Poverty Lane Orchards
98 Poverty Lane
Lebanon, NH 03766
United States


Limited Capacity - Registration required:

This hands-on in-person workshop will feature commercial grafters Raul and Mary Godinez, as well as, New Hampshire orchardist Steve Wood of Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon. Workshop participants will receive individual instruction on grafting techniques, practice and learn by doing, and will participate in group education on important aspects of successfully grafting onto existing trees. Weather permitting, there will be an opportunity to go out into the orchard to practice after the indoor portion of the workshop is completed. 

Grafting new cultivars onto existing apple trees in the orchard offers many advantages. In this case, there is a larger initiative at play. Research has shown that select cultivars are particularly attractive to plum curculio (PC) and apple maggot fly (AMF). Grafted trees can serve as trap trees to hold PC and AMF, where they can be controlled, significantly reducing the need for insecticide applications to the remainder of the orchard block. More information about this initiative will be shared at the workshop.

As orchardists know, it takes two full growing seasons for an apple branch to produce flowers and fruit. Since the fruit of these selected cultivars are the main attractant for PC and AMF, the sooner orchardists start grafting trees in their orchards, the sooner they will be able to take advantage of the benefits of this practice.

What to bring:

  • Grafting knife (well-sharpened) - There will be a number of grafting knives available for participants to use if they do not have one.
  • Hand-held pruning shears
  • All other materials will be provided

This free workshop will happen snow or shine!  For registration questions, contact Mary West at mary.west@unh.edu or 603-255-3556.

Pesticide Recertification Credits pending.

This workshop is made possible through the collaborative efforts of individual orchardists, NH Fruit Growers Association, UMass Extension, NH Department of Agriculture Markets & Food, and  UNH Extension.