Bench Grafting Workshop
March 3, 2018, 9 a.m. at the Nut House, 206 W. 2nd St., Valparaiso
The Bench Grafting seminar is being offered again for those who want to have a grafted walnut, pecan or hickory tree ready for spring planting. Last year we offered five walnut cultivars (Paul’s C3, Eldora, S129, S127, and Emma K). Selected scionwood from Hickory and Pecan cultivars will also be available. We had great success last year. We are seeing more people grafting pecan root stock to hickory. If you want a specific cultivar, please let Larry Martin or John Knorr know. The rootstock is pre-dug from a nursery. Grafting knives will be provided and Band-Aids will be on hand. There is an initial charge of $15 for the first three bench grafts and $5 for each additional bench graft to cover grafting supplies, containers, media, rootstock and several months of care, etc.
The standard bench graft and top grafting will be demonstrated. This bench grafting procedure will consist of cutting off the rootstock just below the root collar where you will insert the scionwood into the split stock, aligning the cambiums of the rootstock on one side of the scionwood. Then you will brush a coat of wax over the graft and the tip of the scionwood with the correct temperature of wax. The bench-grafted seedlings will then be put in containers with proper soil and taken to a greenhouse environment. The seedlings grafted using the top grafter will be put into a callusing box to callus and then removed at heeling and put into a container to continue growing.
Your grafts will be put into containers with proper soil and taken to a greenhouse environment. The successful grafts can be picked up at the Annual Spring meeting on Saturday, April 14, 2018. You may have to acclimate your graft to the real outdoor environment for a week before planting. You then have to plant it in its final resting spot. Give it plenty of room by keeping the grasses down and do not forget to put a cage or shield around the grafted seedling to keep those rabbits and deer away.
For more information
Heartland Nuts ‘N More
President, Larry Martin
Nebraska Nut Growers Association (NeNGA)
Director of NeNGA, John Knorr