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Fruitful Graft Gathering

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Fruitful Graft Gathering

Time: February 20, 2010 from 10am to 1pm
Location: Inspiration Farm
Street: 619 E Laurel Rd
City/Town: Bellingham
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Phone: 398-7061
Event Type: re-skilling, info, share, community, gathering
Organized By: Brian Kerkvliet
Latest Activity: Feb 19, 2010

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Event Description

Part of the Re-Skilling Series at Inspiration Farm
Co-sponsored by Transition Whatcom

Feb. 20th - $10 - $20 donation.

Fruit tree pruning season is upon us! As you prune, remember to save scion wood for the Great Graft Gathering!
Bring your favorite Apple, Pear, Plum scion wood varieties from your neighborhood. Share with others and graft on root stock to start new trees!

People will be on hand to demonstrate commonly used grafting techniques. You then can select scion wood and rootstock and graft your own tree to take home! Dwarf apple, pear and plum rootstock will be available for a nominal fee. Different scion wood varieties will be available to share.

There is interest in Asian pears and heirloom apple and pear varieties, so please bring scions from any trees you may have.
Scion wood should be cut from a section of last year's vegetative growth, up to 12" or so long and about a pencil-width diameter. Seal the ends with paraffin or tree-seal, or place in a zip lock bag, with a moist paper towel and refrigerate. The idea is to keep the wood dormant and moist. until it is grafted. Labeling the variety is also important.

Please RSVP so we can have enough rootstock on hand. If you have a grafting knife or other supplies please bring them along.
Here is a good info primer you may want to read before attending.

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Comment by Chris Wolf on February 19, 2010 at 7:21pm
CARPOOL from Bellingham to this workshop-- call me at 961-9028 if you want to ride with me and Brook. We are meeting at her house in the Sunnyland neighborhood at 9:30.
Comment by Brian Kerkvliet on February 14, 2010 at 9:56am
Hi Heather, thanks for all your joyous comments. I will have 2 different types of apple rootstock, semi-dwarf and standard.
2 different pear, one that is good for Asian pears. We have a lot of plum suckers that we can dig up for stone fruit. I'm not sure what kind of root stock it is but it is all that I could find. Doug Bullock seemed to think they would be fine to graft on to. Burnt Ridge where I ordered these from didn't have any stone fruit rootstock. I think that I ordered about 40 all together.
I have been collecting a little here and a little there of a wide variety of scion wood. If everyone that comes brings what they can find that is unique we should have plenty. Yay it's going to be a party! Wish you could be here, but I'm sure you are having fun on Maui!
Comment by Heather K on February 14, 2010 at 2:09am
Hi Brian, Don will bring some scion for the workshop and volunteer as needed before or during. I'm thinking maybe 12 of each variety...Let me know if you want him to bring more. We have 3 apple variieties and 2 pears. If you will be having any other type of rootstock other than apple & pear will you let us know?
Comment by Heather K on February 9, 2010 at 2:21am
Hi Brian! So glad you are initiating this workshop!
I hope some of my fruit tree scions make it there as a gifting!
Raintree Nursery offers many bareroot rootstock choices for grafting.
Next year, if you order ahead, someone local could bring them back from the Seattle Flower Garden Show that they attend.
I'll be there in spirit!
Comment by Chris Wolf on February 7, 2010 at 11:46pm
Hi Brian-- I am RSVPing, and am excited for this workshop. I can probably bring winesap apple scions from a neighbor's tree that makes amazing apples. I would be interested in pear, apple, and plum rootstock if available. Also, I am interested in obtaining some cherry scions (to graft onto ornamental cherries) if someone has any. Thank you so much!

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