[NAFEX] When 2 Pik Apple

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Tue Aug 9 19:59:43 EDT 2005


I pick apples as follows...

Put the apple in the palm of your hand, lift the apple upwards, so it  
bends where the apple stem joins the tree..  If the apple comes off easily  
it is ripe, and will drop into your hand.  Otherwise let it go till the  
next time.


On Tue, 9 Aug 2005 17:22:31 -0500, Doreen Howard <gardendiva at charter.net>  

> It's taken me 25 plus years to finally grow an apple.  The first 21 years
> were spent on the Gulf Coast of Texas where decent apples don't grow due  
> to
> the heat.  After I moved to the Midwest in 1998,  I immediately planted
> dwarf apple trees and said goodbye to them within a year when we sold two
> homes in IL and WI in order to make moves elsewhere furthering my  
> husband's
> career.  I've been on a glacier moraine on the Wisconsin-Illinois border
> since Aug. 2003 and finally have an apple tree with fruit, thanks to Ed
> Fackler's recommendation to include Pixie Crunch in my mini-orchard.
> All this brings me to my question.  How do you tell when to pick an  
> apple?
> I don't have a clue.
> BTW, the apples that set on the Pixie Crunch were thinned to three, due  
> to
> the young age of the tree.  Squirrels got one when it was dime-sized, and
> before I decided to bag the two remaining ones, plum curlico got  
> another.  I
> have ONE perfect bagged apple.  We plan to have an apple tasting  
> event--hard
> cider, gourmet dinner and thin slices of the esteemed apple, along with
> music, pomp and circumstance for at least eight guest.  This is a huge  
> event
> in my gardening life, and I plan to celebrate!  Now I need to know when  
> to
> schedule this party.
> Doreen Howard
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