SCIONON is a New Zealand based company specializing in the development of grafting tools for horticultural use. Founder Ian Adams has over 30 years experience in the wider horticultural industry. Having a need to increase productivity and efficiency, SCIONON has developed a unique range of tools to assist with scion preparation and assembly. These tools have been commercially available since 2009.
Our Grafting Tools
The hand held Grafting Shears and bench mountable Graft Crafter are unique in that they are capable of cutting 'whip & tongue' grafts (and other graft types) without the use of a knife, enabling unskilled persons to prepare these technically difficult grafts with ease. These devices have already given a pay back within our contract propagation business - Ace Horticulture.
The SCIONON range of grafting tools are a new concept in how grafting can be approached. They are of extremely high and durable quality and are the only grafting tools available that successfully replicate the knife cut, thereby eliminating damage to the cambium layers when grafting.
The tools enable novices through to experienced propagators to cut and assemble a wide range of grafts over a wide variety of materials. These tools have been developed to cover many grafting and budding applications and are extremely versatile in the operating range and material that can be prepared. They have already been used to graft many fruiting and ornamental varieties and species. The tools are capable of performing the following cuts: cleft, kerf, rind, wedge, whip & tongue grafts and chip & 'T' buds. They operate in the 3mm to 25mm scion wood diameter range depending on the product supplied.
In addition to the many plant species we have already advocated our tools use on, we are continually testing them on other plant materials and exploring more cutting options as different horticultural industry needs become known to us. To date our tools have successfully been used to prepare pip-fruit (apple, pear, and quince), summer-fruits (apricot, plum, prune, cherry, peach, nectarine, and almond), cane/vine (kiwifruit & grape), exotics (mango, olive & avocado), nuts including walnut and pecan and many ornamentals (acer, ash, elm, gleditsia, robinia, and flowering plum & cherry). We have also tested them on citrus, roses and maple with some success. They can be used to field or bench graft.
SCIONON is dedicated to producing high quality durable tools to meet the needs of commercial propagators and welcomes the opportunity to have its products independently tested for use on fruiting and ornamental species.
Since the introduction of its products, SCIONON has had the following success within New Zealand:
2010 HBFA ICE Expo Innovation Award - Winner
2010 Mystery Creek Fieldays Inventions Category Merit Award - Winner
2010 Bayer Innovators Awards - Finalist
2011 Ravensdown Innovation Award - Joint Runner Up
2012 Ravensdown Innovation Award - Joint Runner Up
2013 Ravensdown Innovation Award - Runner Up
2015 Ravensdown Innovation Award - Winner