[nafex] Soliciting opinions/advice/experience

fuwa fuwa usagi fuwafuwausagi at muchomail.com
Tue May 5 22:43:55 EDT 2015


Gang,

I have a location, it is south facing brick wall, with about strip of extremely rich soil that is 15 inches wide and about 8-10 inches deep.    There is a volunteer Belle Of Georgia seedling growing there, but I assume with so little soil and being a likely vigorous tree that any attempt to espalier that would end in failure (i.e. not enough moisture and room for root development of a full sized peach.

So I ordered a Gisela 3 cherry from Raintree to plant there, but what I received did not meet my expectation.  I expected a small rooted plant and I received a rather robustly roots “tree” of a rather large diameter.  Normally I would be happy to receive such a tree, but it turned out not to be suitable for my purpose (no fault of Raintree – it is a nice tree).   

In terms of the volume of soiI I am tempted to use it for apple espaliers (single U’s) on M27.    In my area even after 15 years M27 roots occupy less than a 1 foot square and 8-10 inches deep root system.   So while I think the trees would grow fine I am concerned about the heat.    I cannot imagine apples like Honey Crisp, Harlson, or Northen Spy developing well on a south facing brink wall.   But then I thought of an apple like GoldRush that want a long season or Bramley’s that is only marginally hardy in my zone 5a/4b location (outside of Chicago).	

So my questions are as follows, in general can apples handle the heat?
And of the apples listed below, which ones, if any would you think would favor a southern facing brick wall exposure (the bricks would be about 7 inches from the limbs)?
Thanking you in advance for any assistance you care to afford.

Kindest regards,

The fluffy bunny

American Beauty
Ashmead’s Kernel
Belle De Boskoop
BlushingGolden
Bramleys Seedling
Chenago Strawberry
Dayton
Egremont Russet
Etter'sGold
Fiesta
Golden Pearmain
Golden Pippin
Golden Russet
GoldRush
Grimes Golden
Hawaii
Hokutu
Holstein
Hubbardston NoneSuch
Hudsons Golden Gem
JonaGold
Karmijn de Sonnaville
Keepsake
Kidds Orange Red
LIberty
Mother
Newtown Pippin
Northern Spy
NovaSpy
NY 74840.1
Pitmaston PIneapple
PixieCrunch
Pome Gris
Razor Russet 
Ribston Pippin
Roxbury Russet
Rubinette
Saint Edmunds Pippin
Shizuka
Smoke House
Snow Sweet
SpiGold
Spitzenburg
SunCrisp
Sweet 16
Westfield Seek No Further
White Winter Pearmain
Zabergau Reinette
Zestar


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