[nafex] tip bearing apple varieties?

JERROLD KOERNER j.f.koerner at worldnet.att.net
Fri May 4 20:05:33 EDT 2001

Nell, We grow a very nice apple called Tydemans Early Red that is a tip 
bearer.  Jerry

>From: "Nell Lancaster" <nlancaster at rockbridge.net>
>To: <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
>Subject: [nafex] tip bearing apple varieties?
>Date: Fri, May 4, 2001, 4:53 AM

> Don Yellman said about Cortland and other tip bearers
>> they bloom and bear out there on the ... end of the branches, often on
>> smaller twigs.  If you routinely prune this stuff off, you lose your
>> blooms.  I have found that, even when the clusters are thinned to one
>> fruit, they tend not to size up as well as apples on spurs or interior
>> branches.  For some reason, they also seem more vulnerable to insects and
>> diseases out there, and if they do put on any size the branches droop
>> down bigtime.  I don't much like the dang things, but I've got several of
>> them, and many of the "antique" apple varieties seem to come only with
>> this style of bearing.
> So "tip bearing" is the opposite of "spur fruiting"?  While I was reading
> up on espalier growing, there was mention of the importance of using spur
> fruiting varieties.  It seemed from what I'd read that all or most apples
> were spur fruiting (vs., say xx), so I figured that most varieties would do
> fine.  But now I wonder, especially about some of the antique apples I was
> thinking of using.
> Don, or all, are there other cultivars that come to mind as tending to tip
> bearing?
> Nell
> Nell Lancaster, Lexington VA <nlancaster at rockbridge.net>
> western foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains
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