Rusty Knickers Apple Scionwood


Rusty Knickers Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Unknown parentage. Gene Cartwright, Whaleback Cider intro. Large old seedling tree from Lincolnville, Maine.

Gene said, “I had picked the fruit for a couple of years and was always annoyed by a myrtle patch that hid the drops. I was clearing it away when I found the headstone bearing the names of Rusty and Knickers…two cats both who moused and frolicked and died and were buried beneath the tree.”

Knobby green fruit with red and yellow streaks ripens mid to late October. Yellow flesh is juicy and fragrant with mild acidity. Whaleback has made a fine single-varietal Rusty Knickers fermented cider. On trial in MOFGA’s no-spray South Orchard. Z4.

895 Rusty Knickers
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L895A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
L895B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $4.50
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The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 19, 2021, for shipment around March 15.

We sell scions (scionwood) in two ways.
Each single 8" stick will graft 3 or 4 trees, and comes with a small paper ID label.
Scionwood by the foot (minimum order of 10 feet) will usually graft about 6 or 8 trees from one foot of scionwood.
You can graft right away or store it for later use. Stored properly, it will keep quite well for several weeks.

Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.

For more info:
About Scionwood.