Where to purchase an apple scion?

Asked May 3, 2016, 1:36 PM EDT

Hello - We would like to graft an apple scion onto our existing apple tree. Where can I find out more about the scions?

Fillmore County Minnesota grafting fruit trees

1 Response

Typically, folks find a tree that is bearing desirable fruits and take a scion from that tree. Any healthy apple tree (no disease inclinations, or insect problems) can very easily volunteer a small shoot that can be grafted.

An important detail is the hardiness of the root stock. This is often a "wild, and wooley" wild tree that does not produce good apples, but can withstand deeply cold winters. Clearly, some of our proven species trees, here in MN have proven themselves, but because the roots are so important, it's wise to consider the host plant.

This is not the time of year to be doing grafting - you want to get a scion from a tree in late January-February, and keep it refrigerated and moist, until early in the growing season - before bud-break. That is the time to place your graft.

So...you have lots of time to consider what kind of tree you want to take from, and what kind of tree will be the host. There are many ways to graft, and some are much easier, and more successful than others. We don't usually recommend You Tube links, but some of the university hosted ones will be valuable when you are ready to undertake this task.

In the meantime, take a look at these links to get an idea of what it takes to graft fruit trees:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/fruit/grafting-and-budding-fruit-trees/
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/fruit/grafting-and-budding-fruit-trees/
http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/factsheets/ecogardening/appleroot.html

Have fun, and Good Luck!