Came across some gardening advice in the Post Dispatch today. This advice was for people wanting to graft a fruit tree and were told to soak some scion wood in water for wrapping around the graft. I've never heard of scion wood and would have no idea where to get it. So I looked up grafting a fruit tree and found: "Budding is a form of grafting in which a single bud is used as the scion rather than a section of stem."
Well, that didn't help. Maybe look up the definition of scion. The first answer was a Toyota model. The next was: "a person who was born into a rich, famous, or important family." Not getting anywhere here. So I googled scion gardening and found:
A scion is a section of stem often with buds, which is grafted onto the rootstock of another plant. You can graft several varieties of the same type of fruit onto one tree, effectively having a one-tree orchard."
Case solved.We almost never get to eat any of the fruit because the squirrels get them first. And sometimes students pick them before they're ripe and unlike tomatoes, apples and pears don't ripen after they're picked.