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Buy scion wood for grafting

Order scion wood from a selection of fruit tree varieties growing in our North Canterbury forest garden


2022 Season Ordering

I'm doing things a little different this year in an attempt to be more efficient and organised.

Scion ordering is now open, stock is limited. Place your order now to ensure delivery of scions in June / July.


Length: 150 - 170mm

Diameter: 5 - 12mm (Some may be available in Large or Small grade)

Scion wood available to order:

Almond - Paper shell

Price  $3.40  Each
Price for 2 or more  $2.90  Each if you buy 2 or more
Sweet almonds with easy to open shell (no tools required)

Apple - Belle de Boskoop

Price  $3.40  Each
Price for 2 or more  $2.90  Each if you buy 2 or more
Heritage variety introduced in the 1850s in the Netherlands. Large fruit suitable for cooking or eating fresh.
Only 5 in stock Order

Apple - Braeburn

Price  $3.40  Each
Price for 2 or more  $2.90  Each if you buy 2 or more
Late season, large sweet+tart fruit with red/orange vertical streaky appearance on a yellow/green background. A seedling from the 'lady hamilton' apple. Named after braeburn orchard near motueka, where it was first commercially grown.
Only 3 in stock Order

Apple - Granny Smith

Price  $3.40  Each
Price for 2 or more  $2.90  Each if you buy 2 or more
The classic late season green apple that ripens to a pale preen-yellow. great for eating fresh or cooked although skins can be a little tough.
Only 4 in stock Order

Apple - Irish Peach Scionwood

Price  $3.40  each
An early, high quality dessert apple. Small to medium fruit with a dull dark crimson flush and faint stripes. Flesh is white, tinged green, firm and crisp with a juicy, fair flavour that's slightly perfumed.
Only 3 in stock Order

Apple - Royal Gala

Price  $3.40  Each
Price for 2 or more  $2.90  Each if you buy 2 or more
Creamy, fine textured flesh, crisp, sweet and juicy, Royal Gala is regarded as one of the world's finest apples. Matures in mid summer. Tip bearing.
Only 1 in stock Order

Apricot - seedling mix

Price  $2.40  Each
Price for 2 or more  $1.90  Each if you buy 2 or more
Assortment of healthy apricots fruiting at different times.
Only 4 in stock Order

Hawthorn - Thornless with large fruit

Price  $3.40  Each
Chinese Haw producing large dark red fruit and no thorns. Offering scions as people have struggled to grow this variety from seed. Graft onto wild hawthorn seedlings.

Nashi - Hosui

Price  $3.40  Each
Price for 2 or more  $2.90  Each if you buy 2 or more
Golden brown skin with crisp and juicy medium to large fruit

Currently out of stock, try back next season

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Useful and related information, common questions etc.

Rootstock compatibility for different types of tree

Rootstock compatibility for different types of tree

Scions of desirable species must be grafted onto a suitable, compatible root system or ultimately the graft with be rejected by the host tree.
The roots determine to size, growth rate and suitable soil conditions for the tree while the scion controls the flowers and fruit type and timing.
Most are only self compatible and so apple must be grafted to apple but as usual there are exceptions such as almonds onto peach.
Collecting, storing and posting scion wood

Collecting, storing and posting scion wood

Scion wood is collected during the dormant season from shoots that grew the previous year. In North Canterbury that is June - July. Vigorous growth of at least a 30 centimetres make the best scions. Water sprouts from up in the tree usually make good straight scions. Do not collect scion wood while it is frozen, and avoid wood that has been damaged by cold.

After cutting, scions should be tied in bundles, labelled, and stored under moist conditions in a temperature range of 4 to 7c. Bundles wrapped with damp paper towelling, sealed in plastic bags, and placed in a refrigerator store well providing it does not contain apples, pears, or other ethylene gas-generating fruit, as this is reputed to ruin the scion wood. However, wood sealed in plastic bags may not be affected?

Grafting time
Choosing when to graft can be tricky. What you want to be doing is performing the graft when the host tree or rootstock is waking up in the spring and the sap is rising and buds starting to swell, prior to blossom or leaf burst. Generally the grafting proceeds in the same order the trees flower and fruit, but earlier. Starting in mid to late august with almond followed by cherry, plum, peach & nectarine, nashi, pear and finally apple in late September.

At grafting time, cut off and discard the tip and base of the scion. Buds near the tip are often flower buds, and those near the base are often weak buds. The remaining portion of the stem is used to make scions each containing three to five buds.

Direct or Green Grafting
Scions of apple and pear (possibly others?) can be collected and grafted immediately in early spring. Mid August to mid October in North Canterbury

When we send scions they are bundled and labelled, sealed in a resealable bag with a wad of damp paper.
Multi grafted fruit trees - Combine your favourite varieties on a single tree

Multi grafted fruit trees - Combine your favourite varieties on a single tree

Imagine a single tree with apples of many flavours, ripening from March to June, or combining apricots, plums and peaches.

A great way to save space and spread the yield over a longer harvest time.

While there is no limit to the number of different cultivars that can be supported from a single root system there are several considerations or complications that arise:
  • Differing growth rates can result in one type becoming overly dominant
  • Each additional variety increases the complexity of pruning
If you'd like extra flavours added to your existing fruit trees you can teach yourself to graft or talk to us and we may be able to help.
Quince root stock for grafting dwarf pear and loquat

Quince root stock for grafting dwarf pear and loquat

Botanical name  Cydonia oblonga
Details  Quinces are used as a root stock for producing dwarf pears, loquat and other quinces.

Root stocks can be created from root suckers, stool bed or seeds from overripe fruit planted in late autumn.
Flowers  White
Fruit / berries  
Tags    graft  dwarf  fruit tree  pear 
Benefits  The primary benefits are smaller trees that fruit sooner
Negatives  Many cultivars of pear are not directly compatible with quince and require double grafting with a compatible interstock
Pears grafted on quince have shorter lifespan than on seedling grown root stocks
Quince trees are prone to suckering, sending up growth from around the base of the tree and near damaged roots. These can be used as rootstocks.