Join Amador County Master Gardeners for a free “hands-on” clinic about grafting techniques for home gardeners. Open to the public this class is from 9am to noon on February 9th at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Martell.
Grafting is the art of inserting a piece of one plant into another in a certain way expecting that the parts will grow together and form a permanent union. Discussion will include grafting different varieties of fruit trees: pit to pit (peach, nectarine, apricot, plum) or seed to seed (apples). This technique allows you to create a variety of fruits that will mature at different times on the same tree. This also allows the necessary cross pollination of some trees, including cherry. Scions are collected when pruning during the dormant period and stored in a damp, cool location until it is time to graft.
Materials and procedures will be presented. Whip, tongue and cleft grafts will be demonstrated and practiced. Bud grafts will be discussed. A variety of fruit tree scions will be available.
If you have any questions about the class or have other gardening questions, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or e-mail, .