[NAFEX] what should I plant
interverbis at videotron.ca
Sat Sep 18 08:27:12 EDT 2010
Honeycrisp is said to be a cold climate apple, and Z6 is rather warm when apple growing is concerned. Climate is crucial for the quality of a specific variety. I remember Nicolai from Edmonton raving about Honeycrisp but he is in Edmonton which is more like Z2. I would imagine Honeycrisp as being insipid in warm climate, as would many other varieties... So remember, folks that taste is a very subjective affair, very much dependant not only on growing season but more subtil considerations such as soil, and many other considerations including taste buds...
Hélène, zone3-4 in Québec but north of Ottawa on the map
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From: Alan Haigh
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Sent: Friday, September 17, 2010 2:18 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] what should I plant
I think apple addicts are much less appreciative of Honeycrisp then the general public because we eat so many apples that we thrive on flavor distintions as much a texture distinctions and Honeycrisp is merely "pleasant" on the former issue but clearly exceptional on the latter. I still feel that even for a a's Honeycrisp is an essential apple in a northern orchard, even if just to please friends and family. My wife doesn't eat a ton of apples, but she raves about Honeycrisp so I tend a crop for her and guests primarily- and I'm in Z6.
For northern growers especially but also others that want an extremely tastey early I highly recommend Zestar.
Sure Cortlandt is fine off the tree, but a few weeks later- completely worthless in my book so I would only grow it for cider. I agree that Macoun is so good that even its short shelf life doesn't fatally damage its worthiness.
As I've often stated, for me the most important apples are those that are still wonderful in mid-winter into spring because they're the ones that get eaten the most. I don't know what varieties fit this description that can be grown in shorter seasons than mine but a lot of new varieties are bred to store very well.
My favorite this year "discovery" is Suncrisp which should have plenty of time to ripen further north if it can survive the winters. Its flavor actually reminds me of Ashmead's Kernel based on just 2 apples from a very young tree not favorably sited.
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