Fruit Trees

Our fall tree sale will be at the farm (directions here) from 1pm – 5pm on Saturday November 11th, 2018.  Walk through our nursery, and pick out the trees you want to go home with!

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Full Circus Farm grows certified organic apple and pear trees for fruit tree enthusiasts, home gardeners, orchardists, cider makers, landscapers and nursery retailers.  We also custom graft trees for larger orders.  We do all the grafting here on the farm, then grow the baby trees for two years until they are ready for their new home.  Love going apple picking in the fall?  Making apple pie and pear tarts?  You can grow a bounty of delicious fruit right in your own backyard!  Apple varieties include McIntosh, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Keepsake, Northern Spy and more.  We also grow many hard cider varieties such as Kingston Black, Golden Russet, and Ellis Bitter.

IMG_6512You can buy our trees directly from the farm in the spring and the fall–or through our partnership with the Hudson Valley Seed Company.  Additionally, if you are interested in larger volumes or are looking for specific varieties, we offer custom grafting.  For more information about custom grafting or to buy trees directly from the farm, please contact us: fullcircusfarm@gmail.com or 518-789-0025.

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What is grafting anyway?  Apples generally require cross-pollination from another variety.  This means that if you try to grow a new tree from the seed of a Jonagold apple, you will get an entirely unique apple tree (similar to how the child of two people is always an entirely unique individual).  So, in order to get a new Jonagold tree, people developed a method of propagation called grafting.  On our farm, we graft a couple different ways, but mostly we do what is called bench grafting.  You take a baby fruit tree (this is called the rootstock) and cut its top off.  Then you take a twig or branch (called “scionwood”) from the tree whose fruit you want–a Jonagold apple tree, in this case–and splice it onto the rootstock.  With practice, luck, and a little magic, the graft “takes” and the new tree grows up and makes Jonagold apples.  Want to learn more?  We are considering offering grafting workshops in the future.  Get in touch with us if you might be interested!

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