Custom Benchgraft

Custom Bench Grafting Apple, Pear, Plum treescustom-bench-grafts.jpg

Bench grafting is where a piece of scionwood is grafted onto a rootstock to grow a new tree.   The scionwood dictates the variety of fruit.  The rootstock dictates the size, hardiness, vigor, and disease resistance of the tree.  Apple scions must be grafted onto apple rootstock, pear scions onto pear rootstock, and plum scions onto stone rootstock.

There are many different methods of bench grafting, but the whip and tongue is a good one with high success rates.   Basically, we whip and tongue graft a piece of scionwood that has 2-3 buds on it (usually 2-3 inches) onto a rootstock of your choice.  Before grafting onto the rootstock, it is cut down to 6 inches above the top root which usually ends up with a 12 inch rootstock.  The resulting benchgraft is roughly 14-15 inches long.

  • Chenango Strawberry Custom Benchgraft

    A medium to large apple with yellow/greenish skin with some red stripping. A dessert apple that is good for lots of uses. The white flesh is firm, juicy and very aromatic. Trees are hardy but susceptible to fire blight.

  • Cherry Cox Custom Benchgraft

    Sport of Cox Orange Pippin from Denmark. Often shows dark red stripes and splashes of the solid red fruit. Keeps in storage one month longer than others of this type.

  • Chesapeake Custom Benchgraft

    A seedling of Red Rome and has the same characteristics. Tree is medium size and very vigorous, hardy, productive.

  • Chestnut Crab Custom Benchgraft

    A large crab that is good for cooking and desserts. The flesh is crisp, juicy and sweet and has a nut-like flavor. A very hardy tree and resistant to cedar-apple rust.

  • Christmas Pearmain Custom Benchgraft

    A small dessert apple with green/yellow skin with some red blushing and striping. Apples is conical shaped. The flesh is firm, yellow and aromatic.

  • Clay Pot Custom Benchgraft

    A very pretty apple. Nearly round, medium to large cherry red fruit. Tree has a unique weeping growth habit. It is both a spur and tip bearer. Crisp, sweet flesh with just a hint of tartness.

  • Claygate Pearmain Custom Benchgraft

    Medium to large oblong-conic fruit with a few red stripes and russet dots or netting. Strong nutty taste, rich and aromatic. Firm flesh with typical dense russet texture. Grown in Edwardian & Victorian country gardens and one of Edward Bunyards...

  • Connell Red Custom Benchgraft

    It is red sport of Fireside which itself is a cross of McIntosh and Longfield. It is a large round apple with a solid red color and a sweet perfumed fragrance reminiscent of its parent McIntosh. An excellent fresh eating and cooking apple and a superb...

  • Cortland Custom Benchgraft

    A McIntosh type with sweet vinous flavor, but not all of Macs aromatics. Very white crisp flesh; one of the best salad apples because it does not brown quickly. Hangs on the tree better than McIntosh, and more crisp in hot weather.

  • Court Pendu Plat Custom Benchgraft

    The name is derived from Corps Pendu, referring to the shortness of the stem. Skin is greenish-yellow becoming flushed with orange-red with short broken stripes. A good cropper with rich, aromatic fruit with a good balance of sugar and acid. Suitable for...

  • Cox Orange Pippin Custom Benchgraft

    Fruit medium, red and yellow, usually striped. Flesh yellow, firm, crisp, very juicy, aromatic. Highly esteemed in England as a dessert apple; produces an excellent apple in cooler summer climates. One of the best apples for espalier.