Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop 2015

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Grafting Workshop 2015

fruit tree



learn how to graft your own fruit trees

how to graft new trees and old trees covered

you will receive:


one apple tree rootstock (m106)

bag and saw dust for packing of rootstock

grafting tape

a choice of a large range of

apple tree cuttings to graft with

(delicious,disease resistant heritage varieties)

you canbring your own cuttings to work with

(instructions provided on registration)


1-4:30pm 30th August 2015

hot tea provided

6th Sept if raining on 30th

tutor : jason ross of

$50 + bookings essential – additional rootstock $10


or leave a msg & email address at: 4822625

bring: warm clothes, gloves

very sharp flat bladed knife

sequateurs,loppers, saw

apple tree cuttings to graft

Fruit Tree Training & Pruning Workshop 2015

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Fruit Tree Training & Pruning Workshop 2015

fruit tree


pruning, planting & care


maximise crops & minimise work by training

tree branches to horizontal

a range of fruit trees

and berry fruits covered

young and old trees

demonstration and hands on learning

+ theory for beginners


1-4:30pm 9th August 2015

hot tea provided

16th if raining on 9th

tutor : jason ross of

$50 + bookings essential


or leave a msg & email address at: 4822625

bring: warm clothes, gloves

sequateurs,loppers, saw

Fruit Tree Pruning – An Interview with Maureen Howard

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Jason shares his deep understanding of FRUIT TREE PRUNING on the Eco Living in Action radio show, originally aired on 12 July 2012 on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. You can listen to the podcast at—Eco-Living-In-Action-Show—Backyard-Biodiversity.mp3?_uid=1402872917-838-13

Maureen Howard hosts a Pruning Workshop Waitatihalf-hour sustainable living radio show called Eco Living in Action that is aired on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM every Thursday from 2.30pm -3pm.

From making your own cleaning products to composting, recycling, keeping chooks and reducing your carbon footprint, Maureen and her guests will inspire you with practical, everyday solutions that make a difference.

To listen to previous podcasts or to listen to the radio station online go to

FRUIT TREE PRUNING on the Eco Living in Action radio showMaureen is a fantastic sustainable living educator. She is contracted to the Dunedin City Council to provide information to the community on waste minimisation and sustainable living 

For more information about what Maureen does, please contact Maureen by email


The Many Benefits of Semi-Dwarf Heritage Apple Trees

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Semi-Dwarf Discovery Apple TreeSemi-Dwarf Discovery Apple Tree. 1.8m high and 2.5m wide! With a good heavy crop.

The primary reason that we like grafted fruit trees is that by grafting onto specially bred rootstock we can reduce the size of the tree when it is mature. The trees are then easier to manage, the fruit easier to reach and we can fit more variety of trees into a smaller space.

Specifically this winter I am promoting a great range of heritage apples that I have grafted onto the semi-dwarf rootstock called M26 (bred by the good people at the East Malling Research Station in England). This makes a fantastic multi-purpose size apple tree, it dwarfs the tree size to thirty to fifty percent of normal size, that is, around two to three meters high and wide. This is a little under M106 which dwarfs to sixty to seventy percent. It still has good vigor and robustness compared to a full dwarf apple on a rootstock such as M9 which dwarfs to a quarter of full size. It is also cold hardy so can also be used in inland gardens.

Another great feature of this rootstock is that it is as vigorous in its first few years as the more vigorous stocks, so establishes quickly, and it is precocious, that is, it starts fruiting at a young age. You can expect twenty to thirty fruit in the third year from planting.

Heritage apples grafted on M26 are a great choice for espalier, growing against a fence or wall or over a pergola or pathway arch. These make beautiful and productive dividers or backdrops for vegetable gardens or edible courtyards. All of these situations call for a tree to mature at around two to three meters high. M26 will quickly grow to fill the space and enjoy the support of the structure for the early heavy crops. As an espalier or against a fence two metres high expect the tree to cover two to three metres of wall, therefore plant them this distance apart. If you really want to pack in the varieties to ensure a great variety of tastes, uses and seasons of use, then plant an inclined cordon at one meter spacing.

Winter Pruned Semi-Dwarf DiscoveryWinter Pruned Semi-Dwarf Discovery

Apples on M26 are also used in permaculture food forest plantings as understory or edge trees. Food forests use the observed patterns of natural woodlands to inspire the design of productive gardens / orchards, thus utilising space effectively by stacking vertically layers of edible and useful plants. Apples on M26 can be used in either the low tree layer (use early varieties, cooking varieties and varieties suited to cool summers) or as part of the forest edge (use sun loving varieties). When growing M26 as a freestanding tree, always stake it to get it going and to take the weight of early crops and keep it staked if any winds are likely to catch it.

M26 Apple TreesTwo year old M26 apple trees from our nursery will be quick to crop in your garden.

See our catalogue for a great range of heritage apples on M26 rootstock, some varieties also available as two year old M26.

If you are after a larger tree to eventually sit under, if you have heavy soils, or there is going to be competition for the tree then choose a more vigorous rootstock such as M106 or M793.

Fruit tree grafting workshop – September 2013

Monday, May 6th, 2013

fruit tree graftingFruit tree grafting workshop with Jason Ross, Sutherland Nursery

Would you like to learn how to graft a fruit tree (apple or pear) at a hands on workshop?

The workshop is planned for Sunday Sept 1st – 2013 –  from 1-4pm.

Prior to the workshop, participants will receive instructions on how to take cuttings suitable for
grafting. The cuttings need to be taken at the beginning of July, when the trees are fully dormant.

If you don’t have a favourite fruit tree to take cuttings, we may be able to help. During the recent
community fruit harvest, we identified some trees with delicious fruit that appear to do very well in
our area, which we would like to graft.

The cost of the workshop is $30 to graft an apple or $40 for a pear. This covers the cost of rootstock,
potting mix, demonstration and tuition from Jason, and venue hire. If you’d really like to come, but
the cost is a barrier, let me know and we will try to sort out something. Venue will be confirmed
once we know we have viable numbers.

Please register by 10 June, supplying the information below to Kristen Bracey (North East Valley Transition Towns 473).
Her contact details are:

473 9535 or 027 779 5481

Payment is required in
advance. Places are limited so register as soon as possible.




Will you bring own cutting (therefore which rootstock do you require)?

Yes Type:


Type of cutting you would like supplied: (apple or pear)

Would you like to graft more than one tree? Extra rootstock are $10 per extra apple rootstock (please choose dwarf or standard size) and $20 per pear rootstock. Please include this in your registration payment as we need to order the rootstock.