Fruit Tree Grafting & Pruning Class

  • Wooden Spoon, 515 N. Riverfront Dr., Mankato, MN 56001
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  • RSVP to Alternative Roots Farm, 507-412-7605,

Attend ONE or BOTH classes.

Grafting Class

  • Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: $60/participant

Pruning Class

  • Time: 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: $35 / participant ($30 if attending both classes)

Grafting Class

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 available for purchase at 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, 507-439-6541, for tips how to properly collect scions.)

Two hour classroom portion and two hours for grafting. Hands on learning.

You Bring:

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

Pruning Class

This half-day workshop will cover the basic principals of pruning your fruit trees, fruit tree anatomy, timing of pruning events, pruning for consistent fruit production, and different tree shaping techniques.

The workshop will begin with classroom style instruction and then we will go outdoors to practice pruning. You are invited to bring your own pruning tools if you have them, otherwise we will have tools available for you to try. Please be dressed appropriately for the outdoor session of this class.

Registration & Payment

Registration must be paid in advance. To reserve your spot, register online (, e-mail, or call/text 507-412-7605. Mail payment to: Alternative Roots Farm, 11197 130th St., Madelia, MN 56062.