[nafex] Columnar apples

Ginda Fisher ginda at concentric.net
Wed May 9 20:10:29 EDT 2001


Miller advertises them as needing a pollinator, and even sells one that
is ONLY for pollen.  (Unless you think a flowered pole is ornamental.) 
I have a friend who put in one of each (of Miller's) a few years ago. 
She isn't thrilled with them, but they are columnar with little (if any)
pruning.  I don't think she's gotten much fruit off them, and is
thinking of getting rid of them.  

Ginda

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
> 
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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.
> 
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> :                                             -Joe Hecksel
> :                                              Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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