Do you ever wish you had some fresh fruit right out your back door? Growing apples in Virginia can be a rewarding experience, but getting started with the right trees is essential. Selecting the right varieties that are suited to our climate and elevation is a big part of this process. Although there are more than 3,000 apple varieties in the world, only about 25 are commonly grown in Virginia. While many varieties can be grown in the state, some are better suited to higher elevations and cooler night time temperatures.
After selecting the proper varieties, you need to think about obtaining the trees. Trees can be purchased from local garden centers or ordered from nurseries or you can graft them yourself. Many people assume that fruit trees grow true to name from seed. This is not the case, however, as seeds planted from fruit will produce a hybrid of the 2 plants. The result will be fruit that is different from the parents. Thus, fruit trees need to be propagated by grafting or budding techniques.
While grafting is a process that anyone can do, it does require some specific knowledge, tools, and practice to learn. We are here to help! The Pulaski County Extension Office will be hosting an apple-grafting workshop on March 28, 2019 at 6 pm at the Pulaski Extension Office. If you are interested in participating please contact the Pulaski Extension Office at 540-980-7761 or firstname.lastname@example.org by March 26, 2019. Space will be limited to the first 20 participants that register. Cost is $15 a person and includes all materials and supplies to graft and take home 3 trees.