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NMSU to host fruit tree grafting workshop at Alcalde on July 25New Mexico State University to host fruit tree grafting workshop July 25 at its Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

  • By Jane Moorman
  • 505-249-0527
  • Jul 07, 2017

ALCALDE – Grafting is very useful in fruit tree production for both commercial growers and home gardeners.

It is a technique used to propagate a tree’s unique cultivars, to have multiple cultivars in the same tree to keep heirloom cultivars alive, or to introduce pollinizer varieties to a solitary tree.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is hosting a grafting/budding workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at NMSU’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

“There are many reasons to graft,” said Shengrui Yao, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service fruit specialist. “Grafting can be used to save trees that have partially damaged bark. Or to switch cultivars to make an orchard more profitable.”

Following the presentation, there will be a one-hour, hands-on grafting session.

“Please bring a small, sharp knife or grafting knife to participate in the hands-on session,” Yao said.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants. To register call Anna at 505-852-4241. To register online visit