[NAFEX] feral apple, Gravenstein

Jwlehman at aol.com Jwlehman at aol.com
Mon May 3 09:57:11 EDT 2004

In a message dated 5/2/2004 4:09:48 AM US Eastern Standard Time, 
efackler at woh.rr.com writes:

>    In a lecture at the Virginia NAFEX meeting some few years back, Elwood
> finally got enough courage to state flatly that many, if not most so-called
> "heirloom" varieties should have become extinct years ago due to mediocrity.

That is why many have been lost. Growers experience showed they weren't 
worthy of retention let alone propagation, and didn't! 

Example, Gravenstein. Wonderful apple. Had a tree for about 10 years thanks 
to Ed Fackler. Every insect in Indiana loved it. Every disease and fungus found 
it to be a wonderful host. Unless I kept it covered 100% of the time with 
poisons no eatable apples remained in the fall. Edibility was questionable after 
being coated with poisons all summer. The chain saw ate it. 

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