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Tree Skills: Pruning Japanese Maples & Grafting Fruit Trees

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  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a grafting glossary, rootstock compatibility guide and pruning resources
  • Detailed instruction, explanation and demonstration
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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Ready to grow a new branch of gardening skills? Join experts Michael Alliger and John Valenzuela as they demystify the art of pruning Japanese maples and grafting fruit trees. You’ll discover a range of practical horticultural techniques that will help you find and reveal both the beauty and growth potential of your trees.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Pruning: Tools & Techniques
Meet aesthetic pruner Michael Alliger, who starts class by explaining what tools you’ll need, then demonstrates the three basic pruning cuts: thinning, heading and re-leadering. Learn how to angle cuts for optimal healing and how to avoid common beginner mistakes.
2. Pruning: Pruning an Upright Japanese Maple
3. Pruning: Pruning a Weeping Japanese Maple
4. Grafting: Tools & Supplies
5. Grafting: Three Grafts to Master
6. Grafting: Grafting Onto Established Trees
7. Grafting: Grafting to Reinvigorate Old Trees
8. Grafting: Grafts Over Time

Recommended with this class

  • Gardening tools such as pruners, loppers, grafting knife, budding knife and grafting tape

Taught by

Michael Alliger & John Valenzuela
Michael Alliger & John Valenzuela
Michael Alliger is a highly esteemed aesthetic pruner and teacher with more than 25 years' experience. He is a founding member of the nationally acclaimed pruning program at Merritt College in Oakland, California. John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant and educator specializing in fruit trees and food forests, owner of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens and former chairman of the California Rare Fruit Growers.

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