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 Scions from two really old, unknown varieties 
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Post Scions from two really old, unknown varieties
I have some excess scions from two really old apple trees. The trees are located on land that is now the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge (where I often volunteer). I would guess that the trees are at least 80 years old.

I took some apples from these trees to the ID Team at the fall show. After much deliberation, they could not identify the apples except to say that "they are somewhere in this book" as they held up a really fat, old book :-). They took some photos of the apples and took down my info, which I assume went into some database.

I took some scions from these trees to the scion exchange, but since I don't know what they are, they did not want to put them out on the tables. I grafted four of the scions onto my trees today, but I don't need the rest (about 10 scions from each tree).

The apples from both trees are red but I forgot to actually try one so I don't know how they taste. The trees are actually quite healthy, despite the fact that they have received no care since at least 1984.

Here is a google street view of the trees: https://maps.google.com/?ll=45.571521,- ... 71,,2,9.94 (zoom out to see where they are located)

Let me know if you want any, otherwise they are going in my compost next weekend.

Dave


Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:55 pm
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Post Re: Scions from two really old, unknown varieties
That's very nice of you to offer, Dave.

I think that most people can barely find time to graft in the varieties that they really want to.

I was glad that you brought in the Miss Jessamine scions. I grafted two and they look like they're taking.

Maybe if you report on them you will find another great new variety.
John S
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Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:57 pm
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Post Re: Scions from two really old, unknown varieties
Thanks John. What do you mean "report on them"? The Steigerwald apples? I will definitely taste some this fall.

John S wrote:
That's very nice of you to offer, Dave.

I think that most people can barely find time to graft in the varieties that they really want to.

I was glad that you brought in the Miss Jessamine scions. I grafted two and they look like they're taking.

Maybe if you report on them you will find another great new variety.
John S
PDX OR


Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:39 pm
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Post Re: Scions from two really old, unknown varieties
Yeah, I meant, when they fruit if you can describe the taste, size, etc. of the apples. How disease affected the tree seems to be, what is it's productivity, shape, etc.
Thansk
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:13 pm
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Post Re: Scions from two really old, unknown varieties
Hmmm...Steigerwald apple, that has a nice ring to it. If those trees are definitely not cultivated varieties, then that would be a good name for them.


Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:13 pm
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