Today, we met the most charming and inspiring couple, Jenny and David Burd of Friendly Burd Tree Service as they were presenting a Fruit Tree Grafting workshop in Naples, FL. We learned how to graft avocado and mango trees. For us students, learning how to graft means being able to prune years off what it would usually take to raise a mature fruit tree, allowing us to produce a viable food source in a short period of time. For example, a mango tree grown from seed can take 7-9 years to bear fruit, whereas a grafted mango tree can produce fruit in as little as 3 years. Grafting also provides farmers with an opportunity to create trees that are able to withstand a variety of climates and environments. You will also know more about the characteristics of the fruit they’ll be producing, in particular the quality and taste of the fruit by grafting known scions of existing delicious mango trees with resistant and hardy rootstocks. David Burd is known as SW Florida’s grafting guru and the Mango Man with more than 70 mango trees in his backyard.
Thank you Robert Halman at Collier County IFAS for putting this workshop together.