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Cuttings and Scionwood Exchange?

 
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The seed exchange seemed to work pretty well, so I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a cuttings/scionwood exchange in winter/spring for all the grafters/plant propagators out there??
As in-I send you a foot long stick of scionwood of one variety and you send me another variety. A cheap and easy way to get more varieties of fruit in your yard!
And for hardwood cuttings, Ive had the best luck with taking the scion early winter (after the plant is dormant) and then rooting it and they seem to pop up quite vigorously in the spring. This could be grapes, currents, gooseberries, mulberries, Pomegranates, etc.
Any interest?
 
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Definitely interested here! Looking for some apple and pear varieties this winter! I have 6-8 of each for exchange. And I would love to get some mulberry cuttings too!
 
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Eric-
Ive got Wolf River and Sweet 16 scionwood to offer for apples, and a pear I mislabeled and is either Bosc or Seckel, but not sure which :/
I can give you all the Mulberry cuttings you want. It is Morus Rubra though, native Mulberry. Fruits quite well, the only thing is you have to top the trees or else they get huge and then you cant reach the mulberries!! But I can take most off a female tree and a few off a male so you know they will fruit if you are interested. I have tried grafting Mulberries, and I hear it can be done, but I have never had any luck with it. Rooting the cuttings works well though.
What kind of Apple/pear scionwood do you have?
Thanks!
 
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I am interested in exchanging scions. Right now I don't have much (3 apples, 1 grape) but in the coming years I will have tons (my food forest is young). If you want something specific, I usually go to a local scion exchange where there are hundreds of varieties of apples, pears, grapes, kiwi, etc. (but I can only take 1 of each variety). BTW I grew one of my apple trees from seed from an apple I liked. It is super healthy (unusual around here) and the apples are kind of like a crisp version of golden delicious. I planted it in a bad spot so I'll need to cut it down eventually. But before that I would like others to grow it since it is a new variety (i.e. from seed).
 
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Hey Dave-
I'm in your position too, most of my stuff is too little to take cuttings from just yet, but in coming years will be able to. That's great about the swap. I've never heard of one of those in my area, you are lucky!!! I am particularly looking for Jap/American hybrid plums, but It would probably be quite a bit of trouble to discern those from the Japanese or European plums. I would be interested in swapping you something for the seedling apple you have too.
Thanks,
Kate
 
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Katya Barnheart wrote:Hey Dave-
I'm in your position too, most of my stuff is too little to take cuttings from just yet, but in coming years will be able to. That's great about the swap. I've never heard of one of those in my area, you are lucky!!! I am particularly looking for Jap/American hybrid plums, but It would probably be quite a bit of trouble to discern those from the Japanese or European plums. I would be interested in swapping you something for the seedling apple you have too.
Thanks,
Kate



OK, sounds good! Here is a photo from the scion exchange. They have about 7 rows of tables like this. It is awesome.




In the fall, the same organization (Home Orchard Society) has a fruit show, with the same layout:





They will cut off a slice for you to try. Across all the fruit (apple, pear, plum, grape, kiwi, fig, quince, ...) I think there are well over 1,000 varieties. You can also order a tree for a reasonable fee, on the rootstock of your choice. So in the fall you go to the fruit show, find what you like, place your order, then come to the scion exchange in late winter, pick up your grafted trees, plus whatever other scions you want (max 1 each). It is one of the coolest events I have ever attended.

So if you give me the name of varieties you want, I can look for them at the exchange.
 
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Dave-
I am massively jealous and drooling looking at all those varieties of fruit. Where is it? That might be worth a road trip right there...
Wow, maybe I need to try to start one in my area.

I would love to have any of the below:
Plums:
Alderman, Gracious, Haska, Rosemary, Starking Delicious, Superior, La Crescent, South Dakota, Ozark Premier. Also Charlotte peach, Evans Bali and Northstar cherry, and any type of Cornelian Cherry.
That list is embarassingly long. But I would be really excited just to have one or two of those varieties. Thanks!!

As far as softwood cuttings (which are best taken now, in early summer) I now have small quantities of 6 types of Cranberries that I just dipped in rooting hormone and stuck in the dirt to root. Could trade for anything, but I am especially wanting some softwood kiwi cuttings.

 
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i would be interested in participating in the exchange, as well. I am particularly interested in adding more varieties of figs and mulberries to my collection.

My "arboretum" thread has most of the varieties listed. I've lost a few over the past year, but most are doing quite well.

I would also be up for exchanging summer/green cuttings of varieties that root easily under mist...
 
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Katya Barnheart wrote:Dave-
I am massively jealous and drooling looking at all those varieties of fruit. Where is it? That might be worth a road trip right there...

Here is their website: http://www.homeorchardsociety.org/events/ The last two shows were at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, Oregon (just south of Portland). But they change the venue sometimes. The "All About Fruit" (fall) show is usually in October (last year it was Oct. 15-16). The "Fruit Propagation Fair" (spring) show is usually in March (this year it was March 17).

Wow, maybe I need to try to start one in my area.

You should!

I would love to have any of the below:
Plums:
Alderman, Gracious, Haska, Rosemary, Starking Delicious, Superior, La Crescent, South Dakota, Ozark Premier. Also Charlotte peach, Evans Bali and Northstar cherry, and any type of Cornelian Cherry.
That list is embarassingly long. But I would be really excited just to have one or two of those varieties. Thanks!!

OK I made a note to look for those. I grafted two varieties of plum onto one of my plums. One took, one did not (I think it was way too skinny).

As far as softwood cuttings (which are best taken now, in early summer) I now have small quantities of 6 types of Cranberries that I just dipped in rooting hormone and stuck in the dirt to root. Could trade for anything, but I am especially wanting some softwood kiwi cuttings.

I have never done softwood cuttings, it seems like they would not like to be sent through the mail? Has anyone sent softwood cuttings in the mail and had success?
 
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This is a very cool thread. Anybody still doing this? Could nut trees be included, and non fruit/nut bearing trees also? I dont have a place yet, but when I do, I would be overjoyed to get in on this.
 
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Would really like to get this thread going again, or find a site that is already doing this well.  Anyone out there reading this interested?
 
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Yes, let's do this!
 
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