Count the Apples: History of Apple Cultivation

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This lesson will be a short history of the apple cultivation. The sweetness of the apple encouraged early people to cultivate for these varieties in particular.

Introduction

PLEASE NOTE: LESSONS 2-4 REQUIRE TREES OR ROOTSTOCK TO GRAFT. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

This is the 1st of 4 lessons for PBL project GRAFTING Apples and other fruit trees.

Students will learn that there are thousands of varieties of apples. The purpose of this lesson is to lead into the reasons why grafting is so important in sharing apple varieties.

Students will learn about different grafts and will have practice time and then graft an apple scion to stock as part of the final project.

Botany of Desire, Video Apples will provide a short overview of the history of apples including sweetness, cider, and the aesthetics of cultivating apples. The vidoe is 29 minutes long. There is a question form attached.

NOTE: In preparation for lesson 3 and 4 you should check with your county ag office to find out if there is a scion and seed exchange in your area. This is a great resource as scions are free.

*SCION EXCHANGES ARE HELD LATE JANUARY AND EARLY FEBRUARY.

*You can only use dormant scions for grafting. Once the scion has leafed out, its not possible to graft it to any rootstock. You can however, chip or t bud graft June through August. There are materials included about budding in LESSON 2 and LESSON 3.

Just a note: I have received permissions via email from all video owners from Steve Edholm (Frankentree, and Bite Me, and grafting tools). As well as Dave Wilson Nursery to show the videos in the lesson. As these are on youtube and distributed worldwide, permission is probably not an issue, however, I wanted to ensure that permission was not a deterrent to doing the lessons.

Lesson Times

Hook
8 Minutes
Video
30 Minutes
Answer and Review Questions
10 Minutes
Assessment
8 Minutes
Exit
3 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Agriculture & Natural Resources
    • Ornamental Horticulture
K-12 Subjects
  • Science
    • Life Sciences
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

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