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NMSU to host jujube tree pruning, grafting workshop in Alcalde

ALCALDE ? Fruit growers in an area where the last hard freeze of the season may be May 15, such as northern New Mexico, need to diversify their orchard to prevent total crop loss. One species of fruit a New Mexico State University researcher is suggesting is the jujube, or Chinese date, which blooms later in the season.


Shengrui Yao, NMSU Extension fruit specialist and researcher, will hold a free workshop from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at NMSU?s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, to discuss the growing habits of jujube trees, followed by a short grafting presentation and hands-on session. The program will also include a jujube tree-pruning demonstration in the orchard.

The jujube growing habits and pruning session are for growers who have jujube trees or have an interest in growing them.

?Since it is very hard to get quality jujube plants, and the price is expensive, I would like to teach the growers how to graft and propagate jujube plants on their own,? Yao said. ?I encourage jujube growers to attend this workshop.?

The grafting session is not only for jujubes, it applies to all tree-fruit crops such as apple, peach and apricot.

?If a grower only wants to learn grafting, they may arrive at 2:30 p.m. for that session,? Yao said. ?Please bring a small, sharp knife for the hands-on grafting session.?

This workshop is limited to 25 attendees. Register online at http://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/jujube2015 or by calling Augusta or Anna at 505-852-4241.