[NAFEX] Early apples

Dennis Norton dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Mon Apr 3 12:20:20 EDT 2006

We planted about 300 Ginger Gold on Bud 9 in April of 2004.  First fruit was 
August of 2005 and it was spectacular.  It is the best early apple I have 
ever tasted. sweet and crisp when harvested at its prime.  Out of the 300 
trees we planted on Bud 9 rootstock, we only lost 5 due to the drought we 
had in summer of 2005.  We will be training to a vertical axis with minimal 
pruning.  It is a bit late for scion wood, since we have also started to 
push buds and are in the peak of our spraying.  We have already had over 2 
weeks of +50 degree days and have hit some low 60's here in 5A Northern 

We also added Sansa to our summer apples at the same time.  They are a very 
good early apple and have a sweet/tart flavor and we are looking at Zestar.

Dennis Norton
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ribes60 at aol.com
  To: Nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
  Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2006 10:26 PM
  Subject: [NAFEX] Early apples

  Does anyone have experience with Ginger Gold? I have been told that it is 
a very good early season apple. I have a lot of later apples and would like 
a couple early ones. I do not like soft mushy apples. I would like to have a 
stick of scion wood if it is not too late. My apples here in central PA are 
beginning to push buds some and we have predictions of a weel of real spring 

  The gooseberries and currants are showing green leaves now.

  Ed Mashburn
  Central PA
  Zone 5A 
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