[NAFEX] third apple for backyard orchard?

Ed Fackler efackler at woh.rr.com
Sat Jul 10 15:39:01 EDT 2004


Allen:

     Firstly I'd not plant Golden Russet if you aren't going to spray much.
It is susceptible to near everything.  Same with Spitzenburg.
     You might consider one or more of the earlier disease resistant
varieties like Pristine or Redfree as the shear early maturity will
eliminate some pest problems.

     Where do you live?

ed

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Allen B. Downey
Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2004 1:58 PM
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Subject: [NAFEX] third apple for backyard orchard?



Hi All,

I have been planning a backyard orchard for years,
and this year I finally bought a house, so it's time
to make it happen.

I have room for 5-6 semi-dwarf trees, but I am thinking
about starting with just three this year. I am ordering
now for planting next spring.

I have been looking at Cummins Nursery, since they have
many of the varieties I want on the rootstocks that will
give me the size I want (M26, G30, that ballpark).

I have decided on two of the varieties I want to grow,
but I am stuck on the third, which is why I am writing to
ask for suggestions.  What I have so far is William's Pride
for early eating apples and Golden Russett for late cider.

For the third tree I was thinking about Mutsu, because it
is midseason, green, and I like them.  But they are getting to
be common, and I would rather grow something I couldn't more
easily buy.

Here are the criteria I am thinking about, in decreasing
order of importance:

1) Good tasting eating apple.

2) Disease resistant would be good, since I plan to do MINIMAL
   spraying.

3) Midseason maturity would be good but not necessary.

4) Something a little off the beaten path would be good.
   A heritage variety would be great as long as it doesn't
   violate criterion #1

5) They don't have to be pretty.

6) They don't have to be super sweet -- I like a tart apple, too.

So, there it is.  What do you think?

Thanks, NAFEXers!

Allen



p.s. I am tempted to plant Esopus Spitzenberg because
I really like to say "Esopus Spitzenberg".  Try it,
you'll see what I mean:

"Hey, what kind of apple tree is that?"

"Why, that's an Esopus Spitzenberg!"

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