March 17, 2019: Grafting Clinic

CRFG held its annual grafting clinic geared for beginners and those that would like to improve their technique with hands-on guidance & support. This year’s clinic was held at the beautiful home and gardens of member Dr. Allan Bernstein.

This clinic offered a brief lecture about grafting, with demonstrations of two grafting techniques done at this time of year.  Following that, we broke out with experienced grafters for some individual tutoring & practice.  Participants were able to see that many grafters vary slightly in their techniques & materials.


It was written by the late Chuck Ingels and is a valuable resource.  There are a few names in the fruit growing field that everyone respects – Chuck was one of those.  We discussed three of the grafts that Chuck demonstrates:  Whip ( also called whip and tongue), Cleft, and Chip bud.  T-budding and Bark grafting require that the bark be slipping.  We are not far from that time, but for now we will not do those grafts.

Various rootstocks were available for purchase.  Participants were also encouraged to bring any dormant scions they wanted to graft. We shared various snacks and beverages.

Thanks to everybody who helped make this event possible, especially Allan Bernstein for hosting,  David Ulmer for the wise demonstrations and Keith Borglum for photos and behind the scenes work.

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