[NAFEX] Help me pick which fundraiser apples to buy

Bruce Hansen brucedhansen at sbcglobal.net
Tue Oct 19 23:18:58 EDT 2004


Regina:

You should listen to all folk on the list-serv. Taste is personal. For me
let me suggest a summer apple that ripens last of August. Summer Rambo a
16th century French apple that is crisp and wonderful. Then a Cox Orange
Pippen ripening in mid September. A great dessert apple but also makes a
good pie. For a pie apple an old Wisconsin apple, Northwest Greening. This
apple ripens first part of October and to my taste is also a good desert
apple and keeps well. Last the best a Roxbury Russet. Old New England apple
from 1700s. Great dessert apple and cider apple. Like a fine wine the flavor
is one thing when you bite into it and different whem chewing and has an
after taste when you swallow. You also might try planting the trees in a
triangle, 3 foot on a side. Then prune the interior. Saves space. Regarding
rootstock, I started with M7 but quickly changed to EMLA 111. It produces a
tree about 75-80% of standard but can be pruned to a smaller size.

Listen to others before you choose.

Bruce

-----Original Message-----
From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Regina Kreger
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 8:40 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] Help me pick which fundraiser apples to buy


OK, I'm in.  Only trouble is, I've been agonizing over the selections since
I bought this 1/2 acre in July.  I've never had a lawn, much less an
orchard, so this is all new to me --- that's why I've just been lurking on
this list, soaking it all in.

So please help me choose, 4 trees to start.  Eventually I'll have a couple
more - leaving room for other fruits - but I want to leave myself a chance
to fall in love with some and still have room for them later. So starting
with 4. Here are my criteria.

- I live in Maryland, close-in suburb of D.C. -- must be reasonably suited
to my climate, etc.
- I want a wide variety, in terms of color, flavor, texture, ripening date,
etc.  Mostly dessert, but I'll include one dessert-quality crab, one sauce
and one cider apple, and at least one or two of them should be good for
cooking too. Hopefully all, even the cider apple, will be palatable out of
hand.
- I don't want varieties I can find at the store, no matter how much better
they would taste grown in my back yard.  I want antiques, preferably ones
that I might be helping to pull back from the precipice of extinction.
- In my research so far, adjectives I have found attractive include
"vinous", "complex", "aromatic", "spicy", "flavorful" (not "mild")

Strong candidates so far are:

Abram (cider -- is it also good eating?)
Ashmead's Kernal
Arkansas Black
Albemarle Pippin
Carpentin
Callaway Crab (or Centennial or Chestnut or another dessert-quality crab)
Carolina Red June
Kandil Sinap
(I haven't gotten through much of the alphabet yet in my research LOL!! --
but I know some of yours are new to me)

Talk me into some of your varieties!  Just please remember: summers are hot
& humid; winters are temperate; fireblight is rampant; clay soil; and I'm a
total and absolute beginner!!

Oh also --- I was recommended M7 rootstock.  Tell me about Bud 9 and EMLA
111?

One more thing ----- surely $1.50 won't cover your shipping?

Regina

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Hansen" <brucedhansen at sbcglobal.net>
To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 5:16 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] NAFEX FUNDRAISING


> BUY AN ANTIQUE CUSTOM GRAFTED APPLE TREE FOR 20$ PLUS $1.50 FOR SHIPPING
AND
> HELP NAFEX ELIMINATE DEBT. ALL PROCEEDS EXCEPT SHIPPING COSTS WILL BE
GIVEN
> TO NAFEX. BELOW IS THE APPLE BRANCH LITERATURE. IGNORE THE PRICE NUMBERS
BUT
> DESIGNATE THE VARIETY AND ROOTSTOCK.
>
> COME ON ALL YOU NAFEXERS, GET INVOLVED. USE THE LIST-SERV TO ORDER SO
> EVERYONE CAN SEE WHO IS ROLLING UP THEIR SLEEVES.
>
> BRUCE
>
> PS I WILL REPORT DONATIONS TO THE LIST-SERV
>
>
> >  THE APPLE BRANCH
> > ANTIQUE APPLE BENCH GRAFTS
> > Every year we graft many varieties of antique apple trees. Often we end
up
> > with too many of one variety and not enough of another.  A solution to
> > this problem is to have you select a variety of apple, a rootstock (we
> > offer Bud 9 or EMLA111) and have us graft the tree for you.  A one-year
> > old apple tree can cost upwards of $20.00. We will custom graft the tree
> > of your choice for $7.69. There is a minimum order of three grafts and a
> > free graft for every six ordered. Our success rate exceeds 95%. E-mail
us
> > at applebranch at sbcglobal.net for a listing of available varieties or
> > GOOGLE us at theapplebranch.com.         "I bought four bench grafts
from
> > 'The apple Branch' and they all grew successfully. Plus, whenever I had
a
> > question about culture, or anything, they were quick with a helpful
reply.
> > I recommend this company highly . Bruce Pattee, Valparaiso, IN.
> >
> >
> >
> > APPLE VARIETIES AND ORDER FORM ARE BELOW
> >
> >
> >
> > OCTOBER 2004 APPLE BENCH GRAFT LISTING
> >
> > Akero Allington Pippen
> > American Beauty Arkblack
> > Ashmead Kernal Baldwin
> > Bel de Boskoop Belmont
> > Black Gilliflower Black Oxford
> > Blue Pearmain Briggs Auburn
> > Centennial Cox Orange Pippen
> > Criterion Caville Rouge d
> > Automne
> > Cavelle Blanc de Hiver Chennango Strawberry
> > Claygate Pearmain Coe's Golden Drop
> > Cole's Quince Cornish Gilliflower
> > Court Pendu Plat Crow's Egg
> > D' Arcy Spice Davey
> > Duchess of Oldenberg Early Joe
> > Early Strawberry Edward VII
> > Egremont Russet Erwin Baur
> > Esopus Spitzenberg Garden Royale
> > Fall Pippen Fameuse
> > Fuji Golden Russet
> > Granny Smith Hawley
> > Hightop Sweet Holiday
> > Holstein Hoople's Antique
> > Gold
> > Hunt Russet Hubbardston Nonesuch
> > Ingrid Marie Ida Red
> > Jewett Red Kandal Sinap
> > Kerry Pippen Kidds Orange Red
> > Knobbed Russet Lamb Abby Pearmain
> > Laxton's Fortune Lady
> > Lord's Seedling Lyman's Large Summer
> > Lubusk Queen Macoun
> > Maiden Blush Malinda
> > Margil Mc Intosh
> > Mc Lellan Melon
> > Melrose Mother
> > Northwest Greening Nutting Bumpus
> > Oliver Opalescent
> > Orenco Orleans
> > Reinette
> > Ortley Pitmaston
> > Pinnapple
> > Pomme Grise Porter
> > Primate Rhode Island
> > Greening
> > Ralls Ramsdell Sweet
> > Ribston Pippen Roman Stem
> > Ross Nonpariel Roxberry Russet
> > St. Edmunds Pippen Seaconk Sweeting
> > Shiawassee Smokehouse
> > Somerset of Maine Sops of Wine
> > Sutton Swaar
> > Sweet 16 Thompkin's Country
> > King
> > Tioga Tydemans Late Orange
> > Wagener Wealthy
> > Westfield Seek-no-further White Pearmain
> > Winter Banana Wismer's Dessert
> > Winter Pearmain Yellow Newtown
> > Pippen
> > York Imperial
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > THE APPLE BRANCH ORDER FORM
> >
> > All bench grafts are custom grafts to your specifications. The rootstock
> > available is either EMLA 111 (70% of standard) or Bud 9 (35% of
standard).
> > Please complete the order form below and mail it to The Apple Branch,
P.O.
> > Box 281, Portland, MI  48875. Please enclose a check or money order for
> > the amount of the purchase plus shipping. The minimum order is three
bench
> > grafts and each graft costs $7.69. Be sure to list substitutions for out
> > of stock varieties or backorders will be placed.
> >
> > Name                 (First)
> > (Last)
> > Mailing Address
> > City
> > State
> > Zip Code
> > Phone Number
> > E-Mail
> > QTY               DESCRIPTION ROOTSTOCK PRICE AMOUNT
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Subtotal
> >   Calculate Shipping at 20% of Subtotal Cost
> > Shipping
> >   Minimum shipping cost is $7.00
> > Total
> >
> >
> >
>


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