[NAFEX] third apple for backyard orchard?

LEE REICH lreich at hvc.rr.com
Mon Jul 12 14:19:39 EDT 2004


For what it's worth, in my experience most golden or yellow apples are relatively free of scab. What these apples do get is rust. So take your pick of diseases. Among my favorite apples, also golden in color, is Hudson's Golden Gem. It's also a very beautiful apple, here in the Hudson
Valley of New York at least, its skin sparkles with gold rather than just being yellow and russeted.

Lee Reich
 www.leereich.com

Scott Williamson wrote:

> The comment about worms going for other varieties makes me wonder if anyone has any experience with varieties that might work well as a "trap crop" for worms, etc. and could be used to reduce damage on other varieties.  Or is this an idea that doesn't really work well with fruit trees?
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Mark Lee
> Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 11:52 AM
> To: 'North American Fruit Explorers'
> 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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