Fruit Tree Grafting Class

  • Wooden Spoon, 515 N. Riverfront Ave., Mankato, MN 56001
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Join orchardist John Knisley of Alternative Roots Farm, either Saturday, March 9 (Mankato), or Saturday, March 16 (Falcon Heights), for a grafting class, and go home with three apple trees you graft. Class runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with classroom and hands-on time. Cost is $50 per participant. Class locations are: Mankato — Saturday, March 9, at Wooden Spoon, 515 N. Riverfront Ave.; and Falcon Heights — Saturday, March 16, at The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Ave. W.

You Bring:

• Large trash bag, and pot/bucket to take your grafts home in.
• Lunch or snack for yourself.

A $50 registration fee must be paid in advance. To reserve your spot register online, e-mail info@alternativerootsfarm.com, or call/text 507-412-7605. Mail payment to Alternative Roots Farm, 11197 130th St., Madelia, MN 56062. Registrations requested to be paid by March 1.

In this class we will teach you how to propagate your own apple trees. We will discuss the time-tested techniques of fruit tree grafting, including grafting tools, timing, proper scions and rootstocks. Attendees will practice what they learn by “whip and tongue” grafting different varieties of apple trees using modern day rootstocks.

Each participant will take home three newly grafted apple trees to be planted on your own property. Additional rootstocks will be available for purchase at the class. All materials and tools will be provided for the workshop. Optional: bring scions of your favorite old apple tree if you would like to graft these at the class. (Call John at 507-439-6541 for tips how to properly collect scions.)