TOP WORKING EXISTING FRUIT TREES
Lecturer Grant Horne
Wednesday 21 August
1 Session 2 hours
Location: Huon Linc Building, Huonville
Cost: $25 per person
(Course information will be provided)
Top working is a term used for grafting an established tree to one or more different cultivars. Essentially the majority of the main branch system of an existing tree is removed and scions (shoot piece or bud cut from a donor plant) is grafted into the cut ends of the main limbs. The course is in two sections a theory and practical class. In the theory class Grant will provide an outline of the importance of grafting in history. He will lead you on a historical journey of when and why our civilisation learned the value of grafting specific trees. He will then teach you about the best techniques, materials to use, timing, plant hygiene and after care of your beloved tree. The theory class will provide you with enough knowledge and confidence to participate in our practical top working course, where you will graft live trees in an orchard setting.
Please note students need to complete the theory component before progressing onto any practical sessions. Payment can be made by pay-pal. Or please contact us to make alternative arrangements.
Saturday 24 August 2013
1 Session, 3 hours
Cost $40 per person
Location: The location of the Orchard will be in the Huon, Tasmania, details will be provided on booking.
Practical course outline
In this class you will put some of what you have learned in the theory class into action during this 'hands-on' practical course. Here you you will be working on an existing orchard, changing one variety of tree to another. Grant will teach you safety techniques of tools, demonstrate the main grafting techniques used in the Huon, the cleft and rind graft, use of sealants, taping and knife work.