[NAFEX] Apple Question - dumb

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Tue Mar 27 17:31:01 EDT 2007

Standard trees of Northern Spy can take 12 years or more to bear.   It 
follows that other varieties could easily take that long.
FWIW, there was a nursery that kept a non-bearing apple that they 
regularly propagated.  When they were out of a variety, they would send 
trees of this out.  No one could complain it was the wrong variety 
because it never bore fruit, so who could say what it was?  The place 
is long gone, though there are others with the same kind of ethics 
-Lon Rombough
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On Mar 27, 2007, at 1:19 PM, Thomas Olenio wrote:

Is it possible to take a scion from an apple tree, graft it to 
rootstock and never see a blossom?
The first scion I ever collected, I grafted to a wild dwarf rootstock 
in 1999 and it has never produced a single blossom.  The tree is doing 
well, is a good size and other trees I have grafted after it have 
blossomed and had fruit. 
This makes me wonder…  If you took a scion from a water sprout, would 
you ever get apples?  I do not remember now what I took for a scion 
then, I was a newbie.
Looking at the tree this spring for nice fat buds that might contain 
flowers, and I see none (again).
Any thoughts?
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