[NAFEX] What do you know about Spencer apples?
cousinphil at acadia.net
Fri Apr 4 15:25:02 EST 2003
My Spencer tree is only about 5 feet high, hardly more than a whip, but
I'm looking forward to getting apples from it one of these years. I
bought two bushels of Spencer apples from a Maine orchard once and my,
my, weren't they tasty! I knew right then and there that I just had to
have my own tree.
On Friday, April 4, 2003, at 11:08 AM, Michael Glassford wrote:
> I bought 1/2 bushel of "utility grade" Spencers from a local orchard,
> with smaller quantities of many other kinds of apples for storage in my
> in-basement root cellar. Every single one of the Spencers (that I
> eaten!) is in as good shape today as it was when I bought it. Better,
> fact, since they have ripened a little and the flavor has gotten both
> stronger and sweeter. It has been my favorite eating apple all winter.
> Spencer has some of the flavor of Golden Delicious (one of its
> parents; the
> other is McIntosh), but isn't cloying like Golden Delicious sometimes
> is. If
> they're this good picked slightly green, I wonder how they taste picked
> Anyway, I'm wondering in particular: are there any notable problems
> Spencer (e.g. high susceptibility to scab, hard-to-train tree, etc.)?
> Anything else anyone can tell me would also be appreciated.
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