Preventing Potatoes from Sprouting in Storage

Home gardeners have had to rely on proper storage conditions (cool and moist) to prevent potatoes from sprouting. But sprouting will eventually occur even if the gardener does everything right. Research by Mary Jo Frazier, Nora Olsen and...

Saving Vegetable Seeds from Crops Grown This Year

If you wish to save vegetable seeds from one year to another, there are certain things that must be kept in mind.  Seed from hybrid varieties will not come back true.  In other words, the plants grown from seed from a hybrid...

Collect Scion Wood Now

If you are planning on doing any grafting this spring, now would be a good time to collect scionwood. Following are tips on how to choose good scion wood.- Scions should be cut from one-year-old wood.- Buds should be prominent and widely...

Cloning Apple Trees

We occasionally receive calls from gardeners who want to know how to treat an apple seed so it will germinate. Usually, the gardener is trying to reproduce an old apple tree that was special for some reason (good quality fruit, planted by...

Multiple Grafts on Apple Trees

​Nurseries often sell apple trees that bear more than one variety of fruit. The secret is grafting. All apple trees are grafted, which is done by grafting the apple-producing variety (the scion) on a variety chosen for its dwarfing...