Wondering if anyone is growing calvaille blanc apple? if yes, would you mind sharing a few stick of scion wood. I live in Vancouver, WA and would be happy to drive a couple of hours to pick it up.
Could trade from a couple of just started stolons of gariguette strawberry. Delicious. not available in this country. My plants were from Mike of the strawberry store who did import them legally a few years ago.
Don't really have much of anything else that someone might want.
thank you. mary
PM me. I think I have some.
Ummm. Had one. Cut it down. Wasn't getting great light, and it was kind of a soft apple. Considered one of the best.
Just not by me. Should be a fairly easy get.
I have Ashmead's Kernel in large supply.
And, Sheinseiki Asian pear.
And, Several types of figs. Desert King and Lattarulla.
Common stuff. But, great if folks need any of it.
I don't imagine there will be a formal scion exchange for a year or two.
The world has turned upside-down for awhile.
We are in the earliest stages of trying to set up a scion exchange, on a smaller scale for Spring 2022.
I'm curious how the scion exchange worked. Was it basically a swap-meet, was there a fee for admission and/or participation, a charge per stick, required give to receive?
Zone 6a in the moraines of eastern Connecticut.
It has been an entrance fee. One scion per variety per person. No requirement to give. Many volunteers set up and manned stations. Not a swap meet. People encouraged to start cutting scions in Dec./Jan, wrap and label them and bring them in.
I couldn't believe how awesome it was the first time I went. I still think it's pretty awesome, although how it will be in the future, I don't know.
One? Well, maybe if it's something rare.
At meets I attended, there were usually plenty of scions. Folks with established 111 Semi-Dwarfs, have no shortage of scion wood.
Currently, I have a Spitzenberg that has toppled. Still alive, must be some cambium intact. The tree is done though.
Might as well leave it as is, until Spring. Then, cut it up for scions. Well, scions and firewood.
Shame to waste all of those potential trees.
Now, buying roots stocks, and putting together new trees on the spot. That's a nice option.
That was sometimes a feature at past exchanges.
There were many signs up at every scion exchange, reminding people to only choose one of each variety. You can take many varieties, but only one of each variety. There were a few people who would grab more than that, and we had to be involved with the unenviable task of asking them to put them back. Some were asked not to come back if they intended to continue breaking the rules.
Yes, I think the scions should be good on the Spitzenberg.
Yes, the make-a-tree is one of those many activities that will no longer be offered until someone wants to take on the task and make it happen. It's an all volunteer run organization, and when you run out of volunteers, you have to cut back the activities.
One, huh? Didn't remember that. Perhaps rules were more relaxed 30 years ago. Though I don't remember taking scions very many times. I've got poor impulse control. I always wanted a big tree....Right now!
I met people at the swaps, that owned small obscure nurseries. Then, I went to their nurseries, and I bought the biggest, most exotic trees, that I could possibly transport, without resorting to an 18 wheeler.
Last time I went to the swap, was about a decade ago. I had a pick-up full of Desert King branches, that I cut up on the spot.
I probably donated an Orange box full of cuttings, maybe two. I was surprised. They went like hotcakes. I'd drop them off, wander around for a while, and when I returned... They would all be gone, so I would refill the table. High demand.
Hard for me to know, which cuttings will start. At times, I have given them the greatest of care, and they have just rotted. At other times, cuttings have "volunteered".
One time, I gave a buddy, some barrels full of chopped up fig wood, for mulch, or firewood, or whatever. He decided to use it for mulch. He just spread the chopped up wood, on the ground. No care whatsoever. Surprisingly, a lot of it sprouted.
So... What will become of the Arboretum? Will it be preserved?
The arboretum is part of a new group called the Home Orchard Education Center. Tonia will still be involved.