Phone & Mail
1408 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca NY 14456
Dr. James N. Cummins
You tell us what you want and we will make it for you. We have access to over 1000 varieties--antiques, cidres, unusuals, commercial, or your own special variety-- apple, cherry, peach, pear, apricot or plum.
You get the Quantity, Variety and Rootstock that you want. You SAVE MONEY because we don't have to guess.
Great-Grandpa's Tree: Is that old tree by the barn, that tree he planted in 1889, just about to die? Let us RESCUE the variety!! Your scionwood, your choice of rootstock.
DEPOSIT... $5.00/tree for standard varieties (e.g. Gala, Fuji, etc.) Paid-in-full for non-standard varieties (ie. Antiques, rescues, etc.) MINIMUM: 5 TREES OF EACH VARIETY/ROOTSTOCK COMBINATION.
NEXT WINTER: Grafting season -- this coming winter of 2011. We do whip-and-tongue grafting, from which we deliver either a strong 3/8-7/16" whip after growing through the following summer, or a heavy 5/8+" tree, often feathered, in spring, after growing in the nursery for two seasons. Or NEXT AUGUST: Budding season -- Still onto your choice of rootstocks. We do mostly chip-budding, T-budding only when necessary. From this, we deliver mostly 5/8" whips for planting out in spring 15 months later. Varieties such as Jonagold and Pink Lady are usually heavily-feathered, 5/8+".
(1) For bench-grafting this winter: last summers' growth; 1/4" base diameter (we can go down to 3/16 with some difficulty). Wrap in moist (not wet) paper towel; wrap in plastic; mail on Monday or Tuesday via Priority mail (2-day delivery) DO NOT USE EXPRESS MAIL. Indicate clearly the variety name, the rootstock desired, the number of trees wanted, and, of course, your name.
(2) For budding next autumn, using your scionwood, we need new growth. Budstick should be about pencil diameter at the base. Cut off all leaves, leaving about a 1/4" petiole stump. Wrap in moist (not wet) paper towel; wrap in plastic; mail on Monday or Tuesday via Priority mail (2-day delivery) DO NOT USE EXPRESS M,AIL. Indicate clearly the variety name, the rootstock desired, the number of trees wanted, and, of course, your name.