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Scott Co. Ext. to host fruit budding workshop

BETTENDORF– A budding workshop will be held at the ISU Scott County Extension Office in Bettendorf on Aug. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. The instructor will be Patrick O’Malley, Commercial Horticulturist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
The workshop will begin with a presentation overview of grafting methods with an emphasis on chip budding and t-budding. Chip budding is the primary method that ornamental and fruit nurseries use for propagating specific cultivars. This will be followed by a demonstration and hands on practice by the participants of the budding techniques using a variety of plant materials including plum, pear, and apple. Knives, practice plant material, and grafting supplies will be provided, however rootstocks will not be available. Those participants that may have rootstocks are welcome to bring them to the class. The workshop has a $10 fee that can be paid at the beginning of the class. To reserve a spot, email Patrick O’Malley atomall@iastate.edu or call Johnson County Extension Office at 319-337-2145.