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Home Orchard Society Inc
P.O. Box 230192
Tigard, Oregon 97281
United States

 
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Trip to Nick Botner's place ...
www.homeorchardsociety.org, 23 Dec 2012 [cached]
Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla Home Orchard Society Forums - View topic - Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla I would like to be included to any trip to Botner's place.
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla I'm sure I've crossed paths with Nick Botner as we've both been with the Home Orchard Society for a long time - but I know very little about him. I believe our society had a summer picnic "down there" years ago but I did not attend. Also, I don't know of his present condition, perhaps someone will check in with that info. Below is the Mother Earth News article on Nick, though it's going back a ways, it's quite amazing and deserves some space around here:
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The air in 77-year-old Nick Botner's 7-acre Yoncalla, Oregon, orchard is redolent with the aroma of apples, a sweet-tart sensation guaranteed to make your mouth water in anticipation. Three thousand varieties in every hue, from the palest yellow to vivid green to a spectrum of reds and mixed-color creations, hang like succulent jewels from more than 6,000 trees.
RELATED CONTENT Botner, a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, tends what he says is the largest private collection of apple varieties in the world.
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The family's small city lot didn't afford room for even one full-sized apple tree, but when little Nick was old enough, he started picking apples by the bushel for neighboring truck farmers. Botner recalls, "Apples were grown on big, old standard trees, and we had to climb huge ladders to pick the fruit. A popular variety of the day was 'Baldwin,' still one of his favorites.
FROM ALASKA TO APPLES As an adult, Botner spent 28 years in Alaska, homesteading 20 acres and operating hunting and fishing lodges. There, he grew potatoes and grain, but with the timberline near, apples were out of the question. Then, he moved his family to Yoncalla, in the rolling hills of southern Oregon, and started planting many things he couldn't grow in Alaskaâ€"including 200 apple trees.
"They're such a versatile fruit," he says. "Apples store well, and you can dry them, cook them, sauce them, juice them, turn them into ciderâ€"things you can't do with lots of other fruit."
In 1979, after his oldest son, Tal, learned how to execute "whip-and-tongue" tree grafts in science class, Botner was inspired to start grafting apple trees himself.
He did 50 that year, and he joined the Home Orchard Society, where he acquired an abundance of scionwood for unusual and noncommercial varieties. Scions are dormant shoots of desired fruiting varieties used for grafting onto various rootstocks.
"At first I used to buy scions to build my collection," he says, "but then people started giving scions to me that I didn't have. He did some trading, too, and since then has distributed more than 1,500 varieties of apples in the form of scionwood and grafted trees to more than 10,000 growers around the world. By his reckoning, he's grafted more than 20,000 apple trees.
RELATED CONTENT "Grafting is an economical way to get a tree," Botner says. "If I had to buy all the trees I have now, I couldn't find them, and even if I could, the cost would be prohibitive."
(If you want to graft your own apple trees, scions are available from Botner at 4015 Eagle Valley Road, Yoncalla, OR 97499; (541) 849-2781; for $3.50 each ($14 minimum), plus shipping. Send a legal-sized SASE to him for a list.â€"MOTHER)
GROWING TRICKS Two growing methods that Botner employs to use his orchard land as efficiently as possible are tight spacing and annual pruning. "Many folks still are trying to hold onto the concept that an apple tree has to be a big tree," he says. He spaces his smaller grafted trees 3 feet apart, which allows him to grow more varieties in the same area and get all the fruit he wants.
The tight spacing also works best for scion and evaluation purposes. To accommodate the spacing, Botner grafts his scions onto dwarf rootstock "M26" and "Mark," and prunes to a central leader. "A good height for today's apple tree," he says, "is anything you can reach with your loppers."
Lastly, he adds, "All your efforts to grow a great apple can get lost in the pits if you pick them before they're ripe. His advice on when to pick: "Simply cut one open. The seeds should be dark. Seeds that are white or any stage in-between mean the apple still needs time to fully develop and ripen."
Kris Wetherbee learned how to graft from Nick Botner.
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla It would be nice to hear how he is doing.
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla I assume he's doing well.
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla John, did Nick bring in most of the grapes at the AAFS..?
Pinned down elsewhere I don't get around much at our shows, though I did some roaming during the last All About Fruit Show His photo's familiar, and if he was at the fall event I suspect he's hunkered down on the farm about now (and I should stop speaking of him in the third person..). Isn't that a magnificent Farm!
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla We just had one amazing Sunday at Clackamas Community Collage near our HOS Arboretum. It appeared that around 18 dedicated HOS members arrived to secure a portion of the amazing apple collection of Nick Botner, of Yoncalla (Southern), Oregon. Nick's preparing to sell his amazing farm - which includes 8 acres and over 3,500 rare apple varieties - and the leaders of our society made the effort to obtain scions, rootstock and rally the necessary HOS volunteers to propagate nearly eight hundred of them. http://www.deere.com/en_US/ag/homestead ... fruit.html
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla It would be nice to hear how he is doing
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I only recently learned of Nick Botner and his amazing collection and so was HORRIFIED and sad to hear he's selling and it is in jeopardy!
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Nick was the #1 source on my list.
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Trip to Nick Botner's place ...
www.homeorchardsociety.org, 19 Dec 2011 [cached]
Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla Home Orchard Society Forums - View topic - Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla I would like to be included to any trip to Botner's place.
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla I’m sure I’ve crossed paths with Nick Botner as we’ve both been with the Home Orchard Society for a long time… but I know very little about him.
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The air in 77-year-old Nick Botner's 7-acre Yoncalla, Oregon, orchard is redolent with the aroma of apples, a sweet-tart sensation guaranteed to make your mouth water in anticipation. Three thousand varieties in every hue, from the palest yellow to vivid green to a spectrum of reds and mixed-color creations, hang like succulent jewels from more than 6,000 trees.
RELATED CONTENT Botner, a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, tends what he says is the largest private collection of apple varieties in the world.
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The family's small city lot didn't afford room for even one full-sized apple tree, but when little Nick was old enough, he started picking apples by the bushel for neighboring truck farmers. Botner recalls, "Apples were grown on big, old standard trees, and we had to climb huge ladders to pick the fruit. A popular variety of the day was 'Baldwin,' still one of his favorites.
FROM ALASKA TO APPLES As an adult, Botner spent 28 years in Alaska, homesteading 20 acres and operating hunting and fishing lodges. There, he grew potatoes and grain, but with the timberline near, apples were out of the question. Then, he moved his family to Yoncalla, in the rolling hills of southern Oregon, and started planting many things he couldn't grow in Alaskaâ€"including 200 apple trees.
"They're such a versatile fruit," he says. "Apples store well, and you can dry them, cook them, sauce them, juice them, turn them into ciderâ€"things you can't do with lots of other fruit."
In 1979, after his oldest son, Tal, learned how to execute "whip-and-tongue" tree grafts in science class, Botner was inspired to start grafting apple trees himself.
He did 50 that year, and he joined the Home Orchard Society, where he acquired an abundance of scionwood for unusual and noncommercial varieties. Scions are dormant shoots of desired fruiting varieties used for grafting onto various rootstocks.
"At first I used to buy scions to build my collection," he says, "but then people started giving scions to me that I didn't have. He did some trading, too, and since then has distributed more than 1,500 varieties of apples in the form of scionwood and grafted trees to more than 10,000 growers around the world. By his reckoning, he's grafted more than 20,000 apple trees.
RELATED CONTENT "Grafting is an economical way to get a tree," Botner says. "If I had to buy all the trees I have now, I couldn't find them, and even if I could, the cost would be prohibitive."
(If you want to graft your own apple trees, scions are available from Botner at 4015 Eagle Valley Road, Yoncalla, OR 97499; (541) 849-2781; for $3.50 each ($14 minimum), plus shipping. Send a legal-sized SASE to him for a list.â€"MOTHER)
GROWING TRICKS Two growing methods that Botner employs to use his orchard land as efficiently as possible are tight spacing and annual pruning. "Many folks still are trying to hold onto the concept that an apple tree has to be a big tree," he says. He spaces his smaller grafted trees 3 feet apart, which allows him to grow more varieties in the same area and get all the fruit he wants.
The tight spacing also works best for scion and evaluation purposes. To accommodate the spacing, Botner grafts his scions onto dwarf rootstock "M26" and "Mark," and prunes to a central leader. "A good height for today's apple tree," he says, "is anything you can reach with your loppers."
Lastly, he adds, "All your efforts to grow a great apple can get lost in the pits if you pick them before they're ripe. His advice on when to pick: "Simply cut one open. The seeds should be dark. Seeds that are white or any stage in-between mean the apple still needs time to fully develop and ripen."
Kris Wetherbee learned how to graft from Nick Botner.
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla It would be nice to hear how he is doing.
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla I assume he's doing well.
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla John, did Nick bring in most of the grapes at the AAFS..?
Pinned down elsewhere I don’t get around much at our shows, though I did some roaming during the last All About Fruit Show… His photo’s familiar, and if he was at the fall event I suspect he’s hunkered down on the farm about now (and I should stop speaking of him in the third person..). Isn’t that a magnificent Farm!
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla We just had one amazing Sunday at Clackamas Community Collage near our HOS Arboretum. It appeared that around 18 dedicated HOS members arrived to ‘secure’ a portion of the amazing apple collection of Nick Botner, of Yoncalla (Southern), Oregon. Nick’s preparing to sell his amazing farm - which includes 8 acres and over 3,500 rare apple varieties - and the leaders of our society made the effort to obtain scions, rootstock and rally the necessary HOS volunteers to propagate nearly eight hundred of them. http://www.deere.com/en_US/ag/homestead ... fruit.html
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla It would be nice to hear how he is doing
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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I only recently learned of Nick Botner and his amazing collection and so was HORRIFIED and sad to hear he's selling and it is in jeopardy!
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Nick was the #1 source on my list.
Trip to Nick Botner's place ...
www.homeorchardsociety.org, 23 June 2011 [cached]
Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla HOS Forums - View topic - Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla I would like to be included to any trip to Botner's place.
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla I'm sure I've crossed paths with Nick Botner as we've both been with the Home Orchard Society for a long time… but I know very little about him.
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The air in 77-year-old Nick Botner's 7-acre Yoncalla, Oregon, orchard is redolent with the aroma of apples, a sweet-tart sensation guaranteed to make your mouth water in anticipation. Three thousand varieties in every hue, from the palest yellow to vivid green to a spectrum of reds and mixed-color creations, hang like succulent jewels from more than 6,000 trees.
RELATED CONTENT Botner, a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, tends what he says is the largest private collection of apple varieties in the world.
...
The family's small city lot didn't afford room for even one full-sized apple tree, but when little Nick was old enough, he started picking apples by the bushel for neighboring truck farmers. Botner recalls, "Apples were grown on big, old standard trees, and we had to climb huge ladders to pick the fruit. A popular variety of the day was 'Baldwin,' still one of his favorites.
FROM ALASKA TO APPLES As an adult, Botner spent 28 years in Alaska, homesteading 20 acres and operating hunting and fishing lodges. There, he grew potatoes and grain, but with the timberline near, apples were out of the question. Then, he moved his family to Yoncalla, in the rolling hills of southern Oregon, and started planting many things he couldn't grow in Alaska-including 200 apple trees.
"They're such a versatile fruit," he says. "Apples store well, and you can dry them, cook them, sauce them, juice them, turn them into cider-things you can't do with lots of other fruit."
In 1979, after his oldest son, Tal, learned how to execute "whip-and-tongue" tree grafts in science class, Botner was inspired to start grafting apple trees himself.
He did 50 that year, and he joined the Home Orchard Society, where he acquired an abundance of scionwood for unusual and noncommercial varieties. Scions are dormant shoots of desired fruiting varieties used for grafting onto various rootstocks.
"At first I used to buy scions to build my collection," he says, "but then people started giving scions to me that I didn't have. He did some trading, too, and since then has distributed more than 1,500 varieties of apples in the form of scionwood and grafted trees to more than 10,000 growers around the world. By his reckoning, he's grafted more than 20,000 apple trees.
RELATED CONTENT "Grafting is an economical way to get a tree," Botner says. "If I had to buy all the trees I have now, I couldn't find them, and even if I could, the cost would be prohibitive."
(If you want to graft your own apple trees, scions are available from Botner at 4015 Eagle Valley Road, Yoncalla, OR 97499; (541) 849-2781; for $3.50 each ($14 minimum), plus shipping. Send a legal-sized SASE to him for a list.-MOTHER)
GROWING TRICKS Two growing methods that Botner employs to use his orchard land as efficiently as possible are tight spacing and annual pruning. "Many folks still are trying to hold onto the concept that an apple tree has to be a big tree," he says. He spaces his smaller grafted trees 3 feet apart, which allows him to grow more varieties in the same area and get all the fruit he wants.
The tight spacing also works best for scion and evaluation purposes. To accommodate the spacing, Botner grafts his scions onto dwarf rootstock "M26" and "Mark," and prunes to a central leader. "A good height for today's apple tree," he says, "is anything you can reach with your loppers."
Lastly, he adds, "All your efforts to grow a great apple can get lost in the pits if you pick them before they're ripe. His advice on when to pick: "Simply cut one open. The seeds should be dark. Seeds that are white or any stage in-between mean the apple still needs time to fully develop and ripen."
Kris Wetherbee learned how to graft from Nick Botner.
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla It would be nice to hear how he is doing.
...
Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla I assume he's doing well.
...
Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla John, did Nick bring in most of the grapes at the AAFS..?
Pinned down elsewhere I don't get around much at our shows, though I did some roaming during the last All About Fruit Show… His photo's familiar, and if he was at the fall event I suspect he's hunkered down on the farm about now (and I should stop speaking of him in the third person..). Isn't that a magnificent Farm!
...
Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla We just had one amazing Sunday at Clackamas Community Collage near our HOS Arboretum. It appeared that around 18 dedicated HOS members arrived to 'secure' a portion of the amazing apple collection of Nick Botner, of Yoncalla (Southern), Oregon. Nick's preparing to sell his amazing farm - which includes 8 acres and over 3,500 rare apple varieties - and the leaders of our society made the effort to obtain scions, rootstock and rally the necessary HOS volunteers to propagate nearly eight hundred of them. http://www.deere.com/en_US/ag/homestead ... fruit.html
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla It would be nice to hear how he is doing
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Re: Trip to Nick Botner's place in Yoncalla
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I only recently learned of Nick Botner and his amazing collection and so was HORRIFIED and sad to hear he's selling and it is in jeopardy!
...
Nick was the #1 source on my list.
Oregon Field Guide-Camp Adair and ...
www.homeorchardsociety.org, 12 Nov 2008 [cached]
Oregon Field Guide-Camp Adair and Nick Botner Home Orchard Society Forums - View topic - Oregon Field Guide-Camp Adair and Nick Botner
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Oregon Field Guide-Camp Adair and Nick Botner
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Oregon Field Guide-Camp Adair and Nick Botner I don't know if you people saw this. Pretty cool show. Joanie Cooper and Shaun Shepherd are shown quite prominently, as well as Nick Botner of course.
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Re: Oregon Field Guide-Camp Adair and Nick Botner thanks for that.....the video shows the stunning variety of color in heritage apples. What I personally liked most about the video though was that I had never met either the legendary Nick or the legendary Joanie and so this was kind of fun for me to be given a bit of an intro.
One Man's Apples
www.motherearthnews.com, 6 May 2006 [cached]
The air in 77-year-old Nick Botner's 7-acre Yoncalla, Oregon, orchard is redolent with the aroma of apples, a sweet-tart sensation guaranteed to make your mouth water in anticipation.Three thousand varieties in every hue, from the palest yellow to vivid green to a spectrum of reds and mixed-color creations, hang like succulent jewels from more than 6,000 trees.
> > Botner, a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, tends what he says is the largest private collection of apple varieties in the world.
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Oregon orchardist Nick Botner says if he could grow only one variety, it would be 'Liberty.'
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The family's small city lot didn't afford room for even one full-sized apple tree, but when little Nick was old enough, he started picking apples by the bushel for neighboring truck farmers.Botner recalls, "Apples were grown on big, old standard trees, and we had to climb huge ladders to pick the fruit."A popular variety of the day was 'Baldwin,' still one of his favorites.
FROM ALASKA TO APPLES
As an adult, Botner spent 28 years in Alaska, homesteading 20 acres and operating hunting and fishing lodges.There, he grew potatoes and grain, but with the timberline near, apples were out of the question.Then, he moved his family to Yoncalla, in the rolling hills of southern Oregon, and started planting many things he couldn't grow in Alaska,including 200 apple trees.
"They're such a versatile fruit," he says."Apples store well, and you can dry them, cook them, sauce them, juice them, turn them into cider,things you can't do with lots of other fruit."
In 1979, after his oldest son, Tal, learned how to execute "whip-and-tongue" tree grafts in science class, Botner was inspired to start grafting apple trees himself.
He did 50 that year, and he joined the Home Orchard Society, where he acquired an abundance of scionwood for unusual and noncommercial varieties.Scions are dormant shoots of desired fruiting varieties used for grafting onto various rootstocks.
"At first I used to buy scions to build my collection," he says, "but then people started giving scions to me that I didn't have."He did some trading, too, and since then has distributed more than 1,500 varieties of apples in the form of scionwood and grafted trees to more than 10,000 growers around the world.By his reckoning, he's grafted more than 20,000 apple trees.
"Grafting is an economical way to get a tree," Botner says."If I had to buy all the trees I have now, I couldn't find them, and even if I could, the cost would be prohibitive."
(If you want to graft your own apple trees, scions are available from Botner at 4015 Eagle Valley Road, Yoncalla, OR 97499; (541) 849-2781; for $3.50 each ($14 minimum), plus shipping.Send a legal-sized SASE to him for a list.,MOTHER)
GROWING TRICKS
Two growing methods that Botner employs to use his orchard land as efficiently as possible are tight spacing and annual pruning."Many folks still are trying to hold onto the concept that an apple tree has to be a big tree," he says.He spaces his smaller grafted trees 3 feet apart, which allows him to grow more varieties in the same area and get all the fruit he wants.
The tight spacing also works best for scion and evaluation purposes.To accommodate the spacing, Botner grafts his scions onto dwarf rootstock "M26" and "Mark," and prunes to a central leader."A good height for today's apple tree," he says, "is anything you can reach with your loppers."
Lastly, he adds, "All your efforts to grow a great apple can get lost in the pits if you pick them before they're ripe."His advice on when to pick: "Simply cut one open.The seeds should be dark.Seeds that are white or any stage in-between mean the apple still needs time to fully develop and ripen."
Kris Wetherbee learned how to graft from Nick Botner.
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