This is a twig for grafting.Early Fall. Unknown parentage. Jonathan Fletcher Farm, Lincolnville, Maine, 19th century.
Medium solid green fruit looks like Tolman Sweet but with a russet netting and an occasional orange blush. Very white crystalline flesh with a slightly green tinge. Refreshing, mild, incredibly juicy and very crisp without being hard. Snaps when you take a bite.
The texture is reminiscent of an Asian pear, a water chestnut, or maybe a perfect radish. The flesh, however, dissolves in your mouth.
Makes a light-textured loose yellow sauce with a hint of blackberry. Discovered in the fall of 2002 with the help of Lincolnville historians Rosey Gerry and Diane O’Brien and local farmer Clarence Thurlow. More recently, we located a second specimen in nearby Hope.
Keeps until about December. No scab. Blooms midseason. Z4.
838 Fletcher Sweet
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Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.
The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 16, 2024, for shipment around March 11. (Please note: we ship scionwood only in mid-March. If you would like to order rootstock to arrive in the same shipment, select mid-March shipping when adding the rootstock to your cart.)
We sell scionwood in two ways:
By the stick: One 8" stick will graft 3 or 4 trees.
By the foot: For orchardists grafting large numbers of trees of a particular variety, we also offer scionwood by the foot (minimum order of 10 feet per variety). In our own nursery work, we are usually able to graft 6-8 trees from one foot of scionwood.
You can graft right away or store scionwood for later use. It will keep quite well for several weeks stored in sealed ziplock bags in the refrigerator.