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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Pettys Orchard

Heritage Fruits Group Grafting Day

Here at Petty's orchard they show all the different ways you can grow apples. Very very interesting.

I had a beutiful day when I went Heritage Fruit Group's grafting day at Petty's Orchard in Templestow. A long drive from Geelong, but hopefully I can persuade them to come to Geelong next year and do the same thing. I am sure a lot of the members at Geelong Organic Gardeners would be pleased by this. The orchard grows over 200 varieties of apples. It also has lots of examples of how the fruit trees can be trained. Today was about grafting. I arrived at the table and chose my varieties, so many types. I picked up an Apricot, Blenheim and grafted it onto a Plum rootstock, which I was told was quite vigourous and as I wanted to grow it in a pot, it would probably have to be root pruned every couple of years. Below is a picture of my grafted tree re-hydrating after the long drive, poor thing.

I chose some Quinces and as I was talking to the guy (Steve) I discovered that Quince cuttings strike very easily from cuttings, so at $2 each I bought 12. Will grow them on at work in teh glasshouse. Apparently they root really well with botom heat, but can root equaly well without. Had a great couple of hours and bought 8 different quince scions. It will be exciting to see how they all turn out and will keep postings on how they do. I have put them in the fridge until Tuesday.

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