This is a twig for grafting.Winter. (possibly Alexander x Golden Russet). Seedling from Iola, Wisc., planted in 1849.
Initially used as a rootstock for another variety, but when the graft failed a branch from below produced wonderful fruit. Introduced as Northwestern Greening in1872.
Very large, roundish, irregularly shaped storage apple recommended for all culinary use. Green or yellowish white flesh is firm, crisp, juicy and subacid. Light greenish-yellow, tough and waxy skin, sometimes with a light red blush and numerous raised dots.
Keeps all winter in the root cellar. In its heyday, a bushel of Northwestern Greenings won first prize at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Late-midseason bloomer. Z3.
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Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.
The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 17, 2023, for shipment around March 13. (Please note: we ship scionwood only in mid-March. If you would like to order rootstock to arrive in the same shipment, select mid-March shipping when adding the rootstock to your cart.)
We sell scionwood in two ways: By the stick: One 8" stick ($6 each) will graft 3 or 4 trees. By the foot: For orchardists grafting large numbers of trees of a particular variety, we also offer scionwood by the foot ($5.50/foot, minimum order of 10 feet per variety). In our own nursery work, we are usually able to graft 6-8 trees from one foot of scionwood.
You can graft right away or store scionwood for later use. It will keep quite well for several weeks stored in sealed ziplock bags in the refrigerator.