As if I am not busy enough with all the projects I already have going on, once again I have started another new one. With the help of my wife, we set up a Yahoo group website that is entitled North American Scion Exchange. The idea behind this site is to hook people up, via the United States Postal Service, who have a common interest in fruit trees and grafting. As anyone who has ever bought a fruit tree from a nursery knows, they are expensive and usually come in a limited number of varieties. By participating in the scion exchange, you can offer fruit tree genetics that you have to share, but also put up varieties that you are looking for. The format of the Yahoo group website is new to me, so I will be learning with everyone else, but I think this will be a really great tool for those of us into grafting fruit trees. Any comments, questions or concerns can be emailed to me, or posted right on the Scion Exchange message board. I hope that the exchange can be a bottom up effort, and that participants can arrange scion trades on their own. Although the name of the exchange is specific to the upper Midwest, feel free to participate even if you are else where in the country or even the world. Below are a few links that will give you a great overview of grafting, which is an essential skill to have if you want to participate in the scion exchange. Happy grafting! Cheers!
This is a great video of Dan Bussey, a apple historian, showing how to graft - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37KdQHL9koo
Here is my friend Steven’s !Frankentree! Another good tutorial on tree grafting - http://turkeysong.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/113/
Here is the Wikipedia page on grafting - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grafting
And one last one from the University of Missouri - http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G6971