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NMSU hosts grafting workshop in Alcalde

ALCALDE - New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service fruit specialist Shengrui Yao will host a fruit tree grafting/budding workshop Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at NMSU’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

Grafting is very useful in fruit tree production for both commercial growers and home gardeners. There are many reasons to graft.

“Commercial growers can use grafting to propagate their own trees’ unique cultivars,” Yao said. “Top-grafting can be used to switch cultivars to make the orchard more profitable.”

Home gardeners can graft multiple cultivars in the same tree to keep heirloom cultivars alive, or to introduce pollinizer varieties to a solitary tree.

“Grafting can also be used to save trees that have partially damaged bark,” she said.

The presentation will be followed by a one-hour, hands-on grafting session.

“Please bring a small, sharp knife or grafting knife to participate in the hands-on session,” Yao said.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants. For registration, call Augusta or Patricia at 505-852-4241. To registration online visit http://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/grafting2016.