[nafex] Cox's Orange

dwalsh/wchase wchase at interchange.ubc.ca
Wed Dec 13 12:00:46 EST 2000


Naomi,

I agree there's more to it than lime.  I think it likes a maritime climate i.e.
moderate temperatures, no extremes, high humidity but not rain!

Last year I had my best crop in eight years.  We had only two hot days, bloom and
development ran about two weeks late for most of the year, but harvesting was only
about one week late.       Ditto for Elstar and Fiesta varieties.   Because my
trees area sheltered they get no 'rain', only irrigation ... actually, now that
the trees are eight years old, the roots have grown beyond the shelters so the
roots do get rain, but the tree doesn't .. best of both worlds.

Also I find that CO does better on M26 than on M9 ... something to do with uptake
of calcium by roots ... M26 is better than M9.  Trees must also be invigorated for
first few years to keep them healthy until danger of anthracnose canker has
passed. Canker affects young trees and mortality is high for CO.

Derry

Derry Walsh & Bill Chase  email:wchase at interchange.ubc.ca
Aldergrove,  B. C.,  Canada
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Naomi Ann Counides" <beefalo at rmci.net>
To: <nafex at egroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: [nafex] Cox's apple rattling


: I am not sure that  alkaline soil is the whole answer.  I have alkaline soil and
: water. My Cox is a real pest.  Wants to split, drop, everything.  Maybe we are
too
: hot, 100+ in the summer? Irrigation no rain.  Zone 6 Idaho
: Naomi
:
: dwalsh/wchase wrote:
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: > Richard,
: >
: > Cox's Orange does not grow well here. Our soils are too acid ... Cox's really
is a
: > limey tree.
: >
: > I dump dolomite lime on my CO 2 x year and get quite a good crop.
: >
: > Oh, yes, they are very vulnerable to that killer of young apple trees,
anthracnose
: > canker.  Mine have survived because they are sheltered for most of the year.
: >
: > I've had better success with a CO cross named Fiesta, BUT Fiesta needs heavy
: > thinning and drops early.  Fiesta's flavour is very Cox-like and it looks
better
: > and stores better... well into March.
: >
: > Derry
: >
: > Derry Walsh & Bill Chase  email:wchase at interchange.ubc.ca
: > Aldergrove,  B. C.,  Canada
: > phone/fax (604) 856-9316
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: > : Derry,
: > : Can you grow them there, or do you have to "import' them?  Had my first
: > : cropping of them here (Maine) this year, and they were superb!
: > : Richard
: >
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