June 19, 2018
I noticed that the scion exchange is in March. By then apples, plums and pears would have blossomed. How does the timing work? Can you graft later into spring even if the plant has already dropped it's blossoms? I presume the scions are refrigerated.
I presume "exchange" means something like "if you have something interesting to offer, bring it". So that people like myself with nothing to offer can still get scions even if we are not technically "exchanging". (giving?)
Also, I was looking at my espalier tree and checking out the grafts to see if I could cut them and put new grafts in. The grafts look "flat" rather then "tongue and groove" which is kinda of what I expected. How hard is it to change grafts? In hindsight the "build your own pear tree" would have been really cool (Not sure if they are espalier though). There two out of four grafts I would like to change. I want unusual varieties that are difficult to find (Buerre Superfin!). I will also grow the main tree higher and add two more grafts in a year or two to make six total.
March 21, 2016
others will have more authoritative answers, but here's a start:
yes, everyone can get scions. those that are providing scions will be cutting them now in the dormancy, and then refrigerating them. one normally waits until the cambium is slipping to graft, so mid-March or even later is perfectly fine. as long as the scion is dormant, the rest of the tree's blooms don't matter.
it's perfectly possible to graft new varieties on, but i wouldn't try to "cut out" the existing graft union. just add a new graft, either a rind graft in the main stem, or a tongue and groove on a branch where it's small enough (or both).
March 16, 2015
March 27, 2015
I'm not 100% sure, but I think the March event isn't so much an "exchange" as a "distribution" event. i.e. don't bring anything but your admission money, wish list, sharpie, masking tape, and a plastic bag or two. I also bring a small backpack to carry things so I can have my hands free to use my sharpie.
The main point of the event is to pick up exactly one of each of the varieties on your wish list (which you are likely, but not guaranteed, to find).
There are of course exceptions, such as the scions that I bring from my relatively new seedling apple "Miss Jessamine". But I expect those to start showing up from the regular sources before too long.
I have also been known to do trades in the parking lot, coordinated via this forum :-). E.g. larger quantities, bare root plants, etc.
June 19, 2018
Thanks for the awesome feedback! I am excited to try my hand at grafting. Since my tree is an espalier, it is hard to find a good place to graft other then where they put their original grafts. Plus I have no use for regular varieties on 2 of the 4 branches, which I can easily get at a grocery store. In hindsight "build and tree" would have been better although not sure if that is done in espalier.
I saw a couple of medlars at the fruit exchange (Dzevera and Norashenik) that were a lot larger than the typical medlars being sold by OGW. I doubt anyone but OSU has these. Any thoughts? I did send a note to OGW telling them about these cultivars so hopefully that will change.
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