[nafex] cortland

Sam Franc franc at oregonfast.net
Thu May 3 20:47:54 EDT 2001


"H.Dessureault" wrote:

> Don,I have a Cortland which produces apples that are quite good, and
> what is special about Cortland is that the flesh does not turn brown
> when exposed to air. What I don't like about Cortland is that it is
> not disease resistant. Consequently, I have had to struggle with crown
> rot amongst other problems which is slowly getting the best of my
> tree. The Cortland will bloom again this year (yes, apple trees have
> not bloomed here, yet), but I can see the time soon when I will decide
> to cut it; that tree is damaged beyond repair.I have grafted a couple
> of other Cortland trees that are coming along. I can't resist, the
> Cortlands ARE so good.As Derry mentions, the flowers are on short
> branches growing all along the main branches and the tendancy in
> pruning would be to remove some if there are too many but not to
> shortened them (which would cause those branches to grow instead of
> producing fruits).If you prune the tree a lot maybe you are keeping it
> growing branches instead of producing fruits. Have you tried weighing
> down branches (like suckers if they are not completely vertical)
> instead of cutting them? This speeds the tree to set flowers and slows
> down the growth. Sometime, I even attach branches (curled downward
> towards the trunk) for a season.Here, Cortland is growing
> commercially, along with MacIntosh, and chemicals are being used. It
> is challenging to grow this apple without chemicals especially in a
> warm climate.In my cold climate, Cortland are generally picked second
> week of September. It is not an early apple like Melba or YT.Good
> luck,Hélène, zone 3.  ----- Original Message -----
>
>      From: dwalsh/wchase
>      To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
>      Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 11:01 PM
>      Subject: Re: [nafex] cortland
>       Don,
>
>      Cortland is listed as a 'tip-bearer' which means you have to
>      be careful how you
>      prune it or you'll prune off all the flower buds.
>
>      Northern Spy has similar problem.
>
>      Derry
>
>      Derry Walsh & Bill Chase  email:wchase at interchange.ubc.ca
>      Aldergrove,  B. C.,  Canada
>      phone/fax (604) 856-9316
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>      Unfortunately, my
>      : Early Cortland tree, although large and mature, has never
>      had enough
>      : blossoms to set a decent crop of fruit in spite of my best
>      efforts to
>      : prune and shape it into submission.  The same thing is
>      happening again
>      : this spring.  I can see fewer than a dozen blossom
>      clusters up there.
>      : The tree is over 10 years old, and I still don't have
>      enough fruit to
>
I have what is called Early Cortland and it is a very good apple, too.
It bears on spurs and is not a tip bearer for me.
Sam


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