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Students grafting plants in the Plant Propagation course.

The art and science of creating new plants

Students in the Plant Propagation course, taught by Instructor Josh Kardos, got a hands-on lesson in apple grafting. 

Guest lecturer Jon Vest ’92, MPA ’99, a senior Extension agent for Virginia Cooperative Extension in Floyd County, led the laboratory discussion and demonstration.

Students grafted a scion, a small piece of stem with only two buds, onto a root stock that has resistance to disease or insects, and a dwarfing characteristic.

“Grafting enables us in a commercial orchard to plant smaller trees at a higher volume,” Vest said. “It also helps us reduce our pesticide usage and the overall application rates we would normally use in 30 or 40 foot trees.”