This is a twig for grafting.Summer. Unknown parentage. One of the four super-hardy pioneer Russian varieties imported to the U.S. by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1835 along with Duchess, Alexander and Red Astrachan. Used as a parent in breeding projects for new cold-hardy varieties, such as its offspring Mantet.
Medium-sized round-oblate fruit with smooth waxy pale yellow skin, prominent red stripes and abundant dots. Often covered with a whitish bloom. Tender white flesh is coarse and juicy. Mostly used for summer cooking. Tetofsky is very acidic until fully ripe in late July or early August in central Maine, around the same time as another popular Russian summer apple, Yellow Transparent. Early season bloomer. Z3, possibly Z2.
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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 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.