[NAFEX] third apple for backyard orchard?

Richard O'Barr aatopgunaa at mindspring.com
Mon Jul 12 13:02:16 EDT 2004


I tried Mutsu here in one 7 and fireblight killed it.
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Lee" <markl at nytec.com>
To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 11:52 AM
Subject: RE: [NAFEX] third apple for backyard orchard?


> I want to comment on Golden Russet.  This is my favorite apple in that I
> have in my collection.  It is the only apple that is scab free, probably
> from its russeting.  The worms also seem to stay away from it if other
> varieties are available.  It has a taste that improves with storage.  I
> can keep it for months without refrigeration.  It probably performs
> differently in other locations, but in my backyard I have none better.
> -Mark Lee, Seattle z8
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Allen B. Downey
> Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2004 10:58 AM
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> 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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