[NAFEX] What do you know about Spencer apples?

Phil Norris cousinphil at acadia.net
Fri Apr 4 15:25:02 EST 2003


My Spencer tree is only about 5 feet high, hardly more than a whip, but 
I'm looking forward to getting apples from it one of these years.  I 
bought two bushels of Spencer apples from a Maine orchard once and my, 
my, weren't they tasty!  I knew right then and there that I just had to 
have my own tree.


On Friday, April 4, 2003, at 11:08  AM, Michael Glassford wrote:

> I bought 1/2 bushel of "utility grade" Spencers from a local orchard, 
> along
> with smaller quantities of many other kinds of apples for storage in my
> in-basement root cellar. Every single one of the Spencers (that I 
> haven't
> eaten!) is in as good shape today as it was when I bought it. Better, 
> in
> fact, since they have ripened a little and the flavor has gotten both
> stronger and sweeter. It has been my favorite eating apple all winter.
> Spencer has some of the flavor of Golden Delicious (one of its 
> parents; the
> other is McIntosh), but isn't cloying like Golden Delicious sometimes 
> is. If
> they're this good picked slightly green, I wonder how they taste picked
> ripe?
> Anyway, I'm wondering in particular: are there any notable problems 
> growing
> Spencer (e.g. high susceptibility to scab, hard-to-train tree, etc.)?
> Anything else anyone can tell me would also be appreciated.
> Mike
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