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NMSU hosts fruit tree grafting, jujube workshop at Alcalde science center

ALCALDE, N.M. - New Mexico State University will host a grafting and jujube workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, 371 County Road 40.

This event is two workshops combined. The first grafting workshop will begin with a short 20-minute presentation on whip tongue grafting and bark grafting, followed by a hands-on practice session for an hour.

The second jujube workshop will include a presentation on the basics of jujube trees and their growing habits followed by a field demonstration of how to prune the jujube tree.

"The grafting portion of the program is for all fruit growers who would like to learn grafting techniques or want to change fruit tree cultivars through grafting," said Shengrui Yao, NMSU Extension fruit specialist.

"However, since it is very hard to get high quality jujube plants of which the price is expensive, I would like to teach the growers how to graft and propagate jujube plants on their own. I do encourage jujube growers to attend this session. The jujube growing habits and pruning session are for growers who have jujube trees or have an interest in growing them."

The free workshop has limited space for 30 participants. Call Augusta or Melissa at 505-852-4241 to register or register online at http://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/jujube. This program is supported by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.