[NAFEX] Advice re spindly apple cultivar
ROBERT W JUDY A HARTMAN
hartmansfruit at msn.com
Sun Sep 2 21:34:12 EDT 2007
I did some more searching and found the apple variety Linda listed in one of my older books. It doesn't indicate that it is a tip bearer. It says it was introduced in 1935 from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It says that it is a vigorous variety that comes into bearing at an early age. It may have been that the growth is too week and spindly to carry a heavy load of fruit if it had too many on it. I always head long growing shoots back part way to stiffen them up.
I'll be interested to see what others such as Ed Fackler has to say about it.
The book is Register of New Fruit and Nut Varieties: 2nd Edition by Brooks and Olmo (1972)
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From: David.Maxwell at dal.ca<mailto:David.Maxwell at dal.ca>
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Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2007 4:47 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] Advice re spindly apple cultivar
I have a couple of trees, grafted 4 years ago on Ottawa-3 rootstock, variety "Linda".
(This is actually a Canadian introduction, developed at the research station in
Ottawa. I got scions quite simply because my wife's name is Linda, and I liked the
idea of having a tree named after her.) They have grown well, and fruited heavily
this year. I thinned them, but I guess the fruit is still fairly heavy. Several branches
have snapped off under the weight of the fruit, and in a moderate wind the other day
the leaders of both trees also snapped off. I have supports under those branches
which have survived, but now I need to know 1) what did I do wrong? (Should I
have heavily pruned back all the branches - and the leaders - each year?) 2) To
salvage what I have left should I now cut everything back?
I have some 50 varieties of apple, and this is the only one which has done this.
Would be most grateful for the advice of the "graybeards" with more experience
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