[NAFEX] apple questions
dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Mon Oct 24 20:06:56 EDT 2005
If you are using a 4 wire espalier you can plant your trees 3-4 feet apart.
We have a 4 wire system of Ultragold on M-7 with our trees 3-4 feet apart
and they are doing great. They run north/south and are in full sun all
day. We trim them flat each winter (new growth only). We are in zone 5 in
northern Illinois. If you like I can e-mail a photo to you of our system.
With the Kinnaird's Choice you can just let it go. We had an
exceptionally warm September and had our Gingergold bloom and produce apples
again that are now golf ball size. Gingergold is a mid-August apple for us
and the trees are 2 years old. I'd keep your trees outdoors so they can
adjust to the climate they will be growing in.
Feel free to e-mail me at any time.
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas A. Beckett" <thomas at tbeckett.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 9:53 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] apple questions
> I'm going to run these questions by again on the chance that my query
> was overlooked last week. I haven't been able to find answers in any of
> the sources I know of. If I am just being a hopelessly clueless
> newbie, then someone please mail me off-list and tell me and I'll go away.
> Thomas A. Beckett wrote:
>> We have finally gotten settled into a new house. I've had some heirloom
>> apple grafts in pots which are now 2 years old. I'm preparing a bed and
>> wire trellis to create an espalier in the back yard. The trellis runs
>> east-west and is in full sun most or all of the day.
>> I've got 2 questions.
>> - The grafts are on M7 rootstock. About how far apart should they be
>> planted in an espalier?
>> - One of the trees -- Kinnaird's Choice -- had spent the summer in
>> partial shade and did fine, but went into dormancy fairly early. Now
>> that I've got the pots in their new location and we're having a warm
>> spell, it is breaking bud and starting to leaf out. Should I try to
>> retard this by putting it in the garage until the weather cools again?
>> Or just let things take their course and hope it returns to dormancy
>> after a short leafing season?
>> I'm in Hendersonville, NC, Zone 7. Many thanks in advance for your
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