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
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L895B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $4.50
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Additional Information


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

The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 18, 2022, for shipment around March 14. (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 ($5 each) 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 ($4.50/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.

For more info:
About Scionwood.