[nafex] marketer's mirage

Ginda Fisher ginda at concentric.net
Wed May 9 20:57:45 EDT 2001


Marketing woes are hardly limited to fruit trees.  I was at the Home
Despot the other day.  Their nursery building was full of giant trees. 
I mean, trees 20 feet tall and more.  Not a lot of branches (tied up, so
maybe more than I could see) and even less root.  They had burlaped root
balls maybe two feet across.

I find it hard to believe these things are going to prosper, especially
if purchased by homeowners who probably won't think the water them every
day for two years.

If they had labels, I couldn't find them.  (I did see price tags. 
$150-$200.)  Honey locusts, a few types of maple, birch.  All fully
leafed out.

Ginda

Thomas Olenio wrote:
> 
> 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
> 
> --
> 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
> > phone/fax (604) 856-9316
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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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