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Apple Expert - whip n tongue grafting

Hayfield, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by James

2 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Learn to whip ‘n’ tongue graft apple trees.

Apples don’t come true from seed – in other words, planting a pip will result in an apple tree but only a new ‘wilding’ variety. To create a new tree of the same variety (eg Rosemary Russett) a scion (a cutting of new growth) needs to be attached to a rootstock. The process is called ‘whip’ n tongue grafting.

Learn to:
1. Prepare rootstock and scion
2. cut slits in rootstock and scion, and interlink
3. tape together
4. wax exposed areas

Practise on surplus material.

Graft two new trees and take them home. (Scions from different cultivars / varieties will be available.)
Other things to note
Great walking from the door in the Peak District National Park. You are welcome to leave your car before/after.
Learn to whip ‘n’ tongue graft apple trees.

Apples don’t come true from seed – in other words, planting a pip will result in an apple tree but only a new ‘wilding’ variety. To create a new tree of the same variety (eg Rosemary Russett) a scion (a cutting of new growth) needs to be attached to a rootstock. The process is called ‘whip’ n tongue grafting.

Learn to:
1. Prepare rootstock and scion
2. cut slits in rootst…

James's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Equipment
    All materials
From £25
/ person

Meet your host, James

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 1 Review
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I have been growing fruit for 15 years and my passion is apples. I have developed an orchard of over 50 varieties of apples, pears and plums (aiming for 100!). Growing them in many different forms: step-overs, espaliers, cordons, ballerinas and standards. I graft all my own trees, and have experimented with apple crossing (trying to create a new variety). I am in the Northern Fruit Group.

I have been running tours at Farlands for 5 years, but only recently on Airbnb.
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Where you'll be

Our smallholding covers two acres and includes woodland, a large veg garden, orchard and several paddocks. In addition, there are three cordon lines of fruit trees and two nursery beds with fruit trees.

1 review

Matthew
March 2019
If you want to learn how to care for apple trees, James is your man. The grafting principles were clear and unambiguous and I enjoyed doing the two grafted trees that I did, which are now sitting nicely in my greenhouse.

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Government ID

    You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

    What to bring

    Bring (if you have them): plastic bags, thin gloves, secateurs.