This is a twig for grafting. Late Summer. Unknown parentage. Peter Gideon introduction, Excelsior, Minnesota 1888. Peter Gideon is best known in the apple world as the originator of Wealthy, one of the most famous of all American apple varieties. Though much less well-known, Gideon has its own share of fans.
The large conic beautiful-bright-yellow rose-blushed summer apple was first introduced to John many years ago by Tom Roberts, who was then sharing Peacemeal Farm in Dixmont with the ancient tree. There, the Gideons “produced heavily on an almost completely ignored tree that was in decline through age, rotten wood, etc. It grows in the open on a sunny knoll in a field, and produced a majority of very good looking apples with no care whatsoever…a sweet juicy eating apple, and…wonderful for sauce.” Daryl Hunter of New Brunswick added, “One of the heritage varieties that I'd never part with is Gideon, with its delicate skin and its very juicy, pear-flavored flesh…”
Ripens a bit before Red Astrachan towards the end of August in central Maine. Use it up quickly because it does not keep. Seldom any scab. Z3.
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The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 21, 2020, for shipment around March 16.
We sell scions (scionwood) in two ways. Each single 8" stick will graft 3 or 4 trees, and comes with a small paper ID label. Scionwood by the foot (minimum order of 10 feet) will usually graft about 6 or 8 trees from one foot of scionwood. You can graft right away or store it for later use. Stored properly, it will keep quite well for several weeks.
Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.