[NAFEX] Bug-resistant apples (was Williams Pride)
scott at cs.jhu.edu
Thu Oct 28 09:06:22 EDT 2010
I am very interested in bug-resistant apples. Obviously there is no such thing as a bug-proof apple but I don't do a whole lot of spraying and every year I appreciate my few varieties with minimal damage more and more. This year along with Goldrush, Winesap and Fuji I would add the old obscure varieties Abbondanza, Pigeonnet Rouge, and Rambour d'Hiver to the minimal bug-damage list. All of these apples are hard, and all but P-R are late. So the hard & late is clearly a help, and on the other side some of my soft varieties were horribly damaged. What I would really like is an apple I could hit with a couple Surround sprays in the spring, maybe hang some CM confusion lures in May, and then get a harvest with most of the apples bug-free.
Alan Haigh states:
> Speaking of Winesap, I identified a very old one on a property where the
> apples are never sprayed and the owner always gets a somewhat useful crop.
> I guess I can add it to the list of potential northeast sprayless apples.
> Most of the apples had plenty of curc bumps but were still usable and the
> owner says it was a typical crop except with larger apples (I'd pruned it).
> It seems later apples and especially hard late ones are more bug resistant.
> This includes Goldrush, Fuji and oddly, old style Yellow Delicious (the ones
> that ripen later and have some russet). I bet Arkansas Black would work
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