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    nickdub is offline Early Fruiter
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissPea View Post
    sorry for sounding stupid but what are scions?
    no such thing as a stupid question, ( stupid answers are possible)

    When fruit trees are grafted they usually come in two parts :- 1) the root-stock, which is the bottom of the tree and generally governs how large the tree will grow 2) the main part of the tree at the top which determines the type of fruit. This top part is attached to the bottom by budding or grafting from a short piece of under 1 year old branch, this is called the scion (it means something like parent).
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    MissPea is offline Seedling
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    thank you nickdub, when I googled it, it came up a car. I thought I'll happily take one of those! (joking, obviously not making a good case for not being stupid )
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    Well this lesson continues for me. Have discovered the apple tree has 3 varieties on it, confirmed by a neighbour that knew the previous owner. To my inexperienced eye, this seems a great idea as its giving a 4 week ripening window, with 3 varied looking and tasting apples but still producing a glut from a heavily thinned tree

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    You may have to box a bit clever with the pruning to keep your tri-variety tree balanced, as often one type will grow much stronger than the others - any questions just ask :-)

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    Noted, thank you nickdub

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    Gardeners world last week had an interesting piece on apple trees. He had 7 varieties on one tree

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    Quote Originally Posted by It never rains..it pours View Post
    Gardeners world last week had an interesting piece on apple trees. He had 7 varieties on one tree
    SkillCult : frankentree-over-140-varieties-of-apples-on-one-tree



    I toy with the idea most years - especially as Im running out of planting space.

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    Thanks Lardman, bit OTT but can definatly see benefit with my 3 on 1. Good point he made on different flowering times, etc meaning something is produced. Guess downside is if tree dies, loose the lot

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