This is a twig for grafting.Late Fall. Medium bittersharp cider apple. Charles Porter intro, East Lambrook, near Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset, England, before 1900.
Heavy cropper of small dark red-blushed fruit. (SG 1.054, acidity 8.2g/L, tannin 2.5g/L) Liz Copas writes that it “can produce an excellent cider. Its juice is rather acidic bittersharp and is better blended for a more balanced product.”
When I meet cidermakers, I always ask them about their favorite varieties. Eric Shatt of Redbyrd Orchard Cider in the Finger Lakes region of New York replied “Porter’s Perfection.” Redbyrd’s website calls it an “excellent balance of tannins and acidity.” Often produces twins or triplets—two or more fruits fused together.
Similar to the excellent Lambrook Pippin; the two varieties are thought to be of same parentage. Scab resistant. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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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 18, 2022, for shipment around March 14. (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 ($5 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 ($4.50/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.