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Apple Grafting & Cemetery Wood – Early Spring Maintenance
March 26, 2016 - March 27, 2016
Apple Grafting – Saturday 26th for apple tree grafting at Bridge End Cottage. We have acquired a selection of traditional apple variety scions and a quantity of root stocks. Grafting is a form of propagating new fruit trees using buds or twigs – the ‘scion wood’ from an existing tree and fusing it onto a branch or stem of another tree – ‘the rootstock’, which is selected for size, suitability to site and tolerance of certain soil conditions. Grafting produces clones of known fruit varieties. This technique is thousands of years old and is the only way to guarantee that the fruit grown on a new tree is the variety we want. Simply planting the seeds of our favourite fruit will produce new varieties with unknown qualities.
There are two main techniques for grafting fruit trees – whip grafting, where a short piece of scion wood is attached to the rootstock in late winter/early spring, producing a single stem one-year old tree by the following summer. Bud grafting occurs where a single bud is attached to an actively growing rootstock in summer time. Whip grafting allows the tree to develop more quickly because it uses a larger piece of the scion wood however bud grafting produces a straighter tree and a stronger union.
Spring Maintenance – Sunday 27th (weather permitting) It is now two years since the trees were planted in Cemetery Wood and we want to give them a good start to the 2016 growing season so plan to clear the weeds around them and add some mulch. Unfortunately the weather forecast for Saturday is “heavy rain” so we are planning to do this on SUNDAY. We also plan to cut some paths through the trees and have lots more things to plant.
Everyone is welcome to help on either or both days, just turn up or contact Jo on 01978 821869 for more details.