Just got back from a grafting class at a local UK ag office. It was similar to the class we had last year.
The first speaker taught about various tree fruit and then did the grafting demonstration. We were able to pick three scions to go on the rootstocks, which were M7. They had about 20 different varieties to pick from, some disease resistant apples, like Enterprise, Goldrush, Liberty, Spartan, Dayton, etc. Some not so resistant ones like Fuji, Gala, Stayman and so on, and others like Mollie’s Delicious, Honeycrisp, Lodi, Red and Yellow Delicious.
I ended up picking another Honeycrisp which we are already growing, and a couple we don’t have, Mollie’s Del, and Enterprise. We’ve tried the last two at a local orchard and thought they were very good apples.
I did some reading on Spartan, which is an older Mac variety, and wish I would’ve got one of those, but these are fine. I may end up giving them away anyway as we’re running out of good places for them.
Then there were experts on insect and disease control. After that, while we had a nice catered lunch, we listened to a wildlife expert and how to deal with them. After all that we went out to an old orchard and the first doc showed us some pruning examples on one of the old trees.
Overall, a nice day, although it was quite chilly and kinda dreary weather out at the orchard. Not bad for free!