Apple Custom Benchgraft

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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.

  • Idared Custom Benchgraft

    Idared Custom Benchgraft

    Nearly solid red apple with white, crisp, fine-grained, aromatic flesh. Blooms early, but ripens late. Excellent keeper, improves in storage.

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  • Ingrid Marie Custom Benchgraft

    Ingrid Marie Custom Benchgraft

    Believed to be a seedling of Cox Orange Pippin. Skin a dark red flush, some stripes, against a yellow background, sometimes russeted. Medium to large size fruit with juicy flesh and a rich, lightly aromatic flavor.

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  • Irish Peach Custom Benchgraft

    Irish Peach Custom Benchgraft

    It is a fine quality dessert apple with a very attractive color and appearance. Its rich flavor is best appreciated if eaten straight from the tree. It does not keep well and will turn soft and dry if not eaten soon. The apple is medium sized with...

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  • Jersey Sweet Custom Benchgraft

    Jersey Sweet Custom Benchgraft

    A medium size, flat shaped, dark red apple with green/yellow striping. Flesh is very rich, sweet, crisp, and juicy. It is good for cider. Usually bears biennially but sometimes annual. Prone to scab. Not a good keeper.

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  • Jonathan Custom Benchgraft

    Jonathan Custom Benchgraft

    Moderate grower, bears young. Fruit medium, highly colored in sunny climates, striped red in cooler climates. Skin thin and tough; flesh fine, juicy. Flavor sprightly subacid. One of the best dessert and pie apples. Ours is the original, not the redder...

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  • July Red Custom Benchgraft

    July Red Custom Benchgraft

    Very attractive, large, red fruit. Strongly scented with vinous or loganberry flavor; sweet, soft, juicy, white flesh. Tree moderately vigorous.

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  • July Tart Custom Benchgraft

    July Tart Custom Benchgraft

    The apple is described as a "summer Granny Smith type"and is both a good eating and cooking apple. Fruit is medium or smaller, conical-shaped, with light-green skin which ripens to pale yellow. The white flesh is firm, fine-flavored, briskly tart, and...

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  • Kingston Black Custom Benchgraft

    Kingston Black Custom Benchgraft

    Apple crimson over yellow orange ground color. Bitter sharp juice ferments to a distinctively flavored hard cider without blending. Cider only, except for the very brave. Irregular growth habit.

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  • Lady Api Custom Benchgraft

    Lady Api Custom Benchgraft

    Fruit small to very small, borne often in clusters, not quick to bear, but reliable. Susceptible to apple scab where springs are wet. Flesh white, firm, fine-grained; flavor aromatic, mild subacid becoming nearly sweet. Traditionally was used in...

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  • Lakeland Custom Benchgraft

    Lakeland Custom Benchgraft

    Medium sized fruit dark red striped. Flesh is yellow sometimes slightly tinged with red. Fine textured, juicy, and mildly acid. Excellent for pies and sauce. Mild pleasant flavor, an excellent choice for the home orchard. Good all-purpose apple. Good...

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  • Leitzke Seedling Custom Benchgraft

    Leitzke Seedling Custom Benchgraft

    A large, elongated, red skinned apple. Flesh is crisp, crunchy with a tart, sweet flavor. Rates very high in taste tests. Good growth habit and bears early and often.

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  • Lindsay Russet Custom Benchgraft

    Lindsay Russet Custom Benchgraft

    A small apple that will become larger if properly thinned. Excellent and unique flavor for cider, sauce and eating. A vigorous, heavily productive tree. Is an early and regular bearer.

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