[NAFEX] scion -- best length?

tanis cuff tanistanis at hotmail.com
Sat Apr 12 18:06:45 EDT 2003

Just for fun, try grafting with a terminal bud scion.  (Terminal bud plus as 
much twig as you can get w/o other buds.) If it takes, it will grow at 150% 
of the regular growth rate.


>From: Charles Paradise <machelp at attglobal.net>
>Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: [NAFEX] scion -- best length?
>Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 18:08:14 -0400
>About scion length, I would like to hear opinions what length is best.
>My usual grafting method is dormant spring saddle grafting.   I like to 
>work with scions of 5/16" thickness, which is about exactly the size of a 
>regular no. 2 pencil.
>True or False?  It's necessary to have 4 or more inches in scion length to 
>have energy reserves enough to callus the graft union.  [if so, how does 
>summer budding work when the scion [in this case just a single bud with a 
>little wood around it] is capable of uniting with the stock?
>True or False?  It's hard for a longer scion to 'take'.
>True or False?  A short scion [say, just two inches long] with just one bud 
>can 'take.'  Can anyone point to any successful or unsuccessful experiences 
>with grafting with shorter scions?
>Charlie Paradise
>zone 5 / Massachusetts
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