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Diggin’ in the Dirt: Why Do We Graft Apples?

Grafting workshop in February
The OSU Extension office in St. Helens will be hosting a grafting workshop on February 16th from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Participants will be taught how to graft apple scions on to dwarf apple rootstocks. Each participant will receive 5 rootstocks to work with and supplies to secure the graft. Scion varieties will be available or participants can bring their own varieties they wish to graft. Cost of the workshop is $15. The class is limited to 20 people so early registration will assure a place. To register or for more information, call the Extension office at 503 397-3462.

Why do we graft apples (and other plants)?
New varieties of fruit trees or ornamental woody plants come about from several sources. A farmer or plant breeder might do a controlled cross, moving pollen from the flower of one variety to the female parts of the flower of another variety. This work is done both commercially and in universities to develop new plant types. On the other hand, many varieties arise from chance crossings that get noticed once the seedling matures and shows unique qualities. Sometimes, trees produce spontaneous mutations that might affect only one limb and have desirable characteristics like nicer fruit or disease resistance on that limb only. Read More