It is a technique used to propagate a trees unique cultivars, to have multiple cultivars in the same tree to keep heirloom cultivars alive, or to introduce pollinizer varieties to a solitary tree.
New Mexico State Universitys College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is hosting a grafting/budding workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at NMSUs Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.
There are many reasons to graft, said Shengrui Yao, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service fruit specialist. Grafting can be used to save trees that have partially damaged bark. Or to switch cultivars to make an orchard more profitable.
Following the presentation, there will be 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.
The workshop is limited to 20 participants. To register call Anna at 505-852-4241. To register online visit http://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/fruitree2017.