Selecting Rootstocks with Steve Cummins and Bob Purvis

I just got the following announcement … it looks like NAFEX is taking advantage of Zoom to do some online presentations. I think you need to join NAFEX to get the Zoom code. They are also doing a grafting workshop via Zoom … not optimal but 100% better than no grafting workshop at all!

Join us Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 PM CST

Selecting Rootstocks with Steve Cummins and Bob Purvis

Grafting season is upon us and that means selecting the right rootstock for your climate, soil and desired plant size.

Join us for a very special session with Steve Cummins of Cummins Nursery and Bob Purvis of Purvis Nursery & Orchard as we discuss rootstock selection for stone fruits, apples, pears, and other fruit trees.

Have an interesting rootstock story to share? Bring your tales of success or failures to share with the group.

Spoiler: We hope to have a very special guest in the house, so don’t miss it!

The meeting will be held Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. Central time via ZOOM and by phone.

Please note: Attendance is limited to the first 100 participants who join the meeting.

Our interactive interest group meetings are open to all NAFEX members in good standing.

NAFEX members will automatically receive an email invitation with the ZOOM link and call-in information before the event. We’ll also post the ZOOM link on our Interest Group page at

Not yet a member or has your membership lapsed? Join NAFEX today!

About our Speakers:

Steve Cummins started Cummins Nursery with his dad, legendary Cornell apple rootstock breeder Dr. James Cummins, and mom, Cindy Cummins, in 1994 in Geneva, NY. Today, the nursery operates from Indian Creek Farm, nestled up on the West Hill of Ithaca, NY, in the heart of New York state’s apple country. Since 1994, Cummins Nursery has shipped trees to orchards of all sizes in the Lower 48 states. They sell fruit trees, rootstocks and provide custom grafting services, and more. Visit them at:

Bob Purvis started Purvis Nursery & Orchard in April 2008, shortly after he moved to Idaho from Minnesota. During his time in Alaska (1972-89) he brought a number of Canadian fruit cultivators into the U.S. via the quarantine system to test and evaluate for their suitability in Alaskan conditions. He maintained these in the orchards he later planted in Washington State and Minnesota, not just to observe how they perform there but also so that other fruit growers would have access to them. Today, Bob grafts, grows, and sells trees of hard-to-find fruit cultivars (primarily apricot but also apple, pear, plum and cherry) that will survive and ripen in USDA Zones 2-6, for growers in the northern tier of states. Learn more at

Save the Date: Virtual Grafting Workshop, April 20

Join NAFEX board members Taylor Malone and Taylor Yowell for a virtual grafting workshop via ZOOM. Save the date for Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 PM Central time. More details to follow…