[nafex] marketer's mirage

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Wed May 9 15:45:45 EDT 2001


Hello,

Speaking of a "marketer's mirage", 90% of the apple trees at one local
nursery are "collection" trees.  They each carry 4 grafts of various
apple varieties.

It is funny...  When I talk to the nurseryman they tell me there is less
and less interest in fruit.

With selections like a "collection" apple, which is bound to produce an
unusual, unbalanced tree, which will most likely dissapoint the grower, it
is no wonder there is less interest in fruit.

Regards,
Tom

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Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Hardiness Zone 6a

On Wed, 9 May 2001, dwalsh/wchase wrote:

> Joe,
> 
> I agree that the columnar apple trees are a marketer's mirage.  The ones I've seen
> definitely grow branches and these must be cut off early and the person who buys
> this does not know it ... result is a dwarf semi-branched apple tree with
> bland-tasting fruit.
> 
> Also, they are marketed as stand-alone apple trees, but they are not self-fertile.
> 
> Derry
> 
> Derry Walsh & Bill Chase  email:wchase at interchange.ubc.ca
> Aldergrove,  B. C.,  Canada
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> : My two cents is that the columnar form stinks for raising quality
> : fruit.  One vertical with
> : many 6" side branches and fruit on side branches.  Roger's kept pushing
> : vigorous side branches at 30 degrees from vertical which then competed
> : with the central leader.  Stark's response was that the grower had to
> : prune them to make them look like the picture in the catalog.  Roger was
> : put-out because he could prune *any* tree to look like the picture.
> :
> Columnar apples are an
> : bad idea that was some Madison Avenue types used as a gimmick to foist
> : trees onto the naive public.
> 
> :
> :                                             -Joe Hecksel
> :                                              Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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