[NAFEX] Re: nafex Digest, Vol 3, Issue 2
Robert G. Halgren
halgren at msu.edu
Tue Apr 1 14:25:21 EST 2003
> Another way to get a better tree is to find some rootstocks, if all the
> nurseries aren't sold out yet, grow them this year, collect scion from your
> poor tree next winter, graft onto the rootstocks next spring. Good clean
> fun, and you can give the extras away, to spread the tree's genetics around.
Good idea. I considered it, but it is just a Red Delicious. I usually
avoid them. At least the commercial strains (mealy, bland, boring
apples... I'd rather eat paste). Considering that, I should probably
just cut it to the ground and plant something good. The horses like
them well enough to pull the tree over to their side of the fence, so
maybe they aren't all bad. Since I didn't get any fruit last year (late
frost), I should give it another chance before I cut it to little bits.
Maybe it is one of the old RDs that actually taste good.
You may ask how I know what it is... I saw it in fruit two years ago
(when we were looking at the house), but recognised it for RD and took a
couple of apples from the tree next to it (turned out to be Macintosh,
and quite tasty).
Robert G. Halgren, Ph.D.
GTSF - Michigan State University
(517) 353-7236 - halgren at msu.edu
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