[NAFEX] Northern Spy Strategy

Ed Fackler ed.fackler at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 04:39:02 EST 2009

Regarding a strategy for inducing Northern Spy to fruit quickly and in the
process keep the tree size down, my advice is simply to plant/grow NovaSpy

Reason.  Aside from the more well known faults or problems with Northern
Spy, in many years it drops fruit prior to maturity (especially during
abnormally hot/dry periods late in the season).  It is terribly biannual and
if not picked at the proper time storage ability is not that good.

Regarding NovaSpy, it has enough of that Spy flavor/texture to make it very
good.  It is very precocious (much quicker to fruit) and is resistant to
Scab (sensative to CAR though).

Or Northern Spy is a bear to grow.


On 11/3/09, fuwa fuwa usagi <fuwafuwausagi at muchomail.com> wrote:
> It was written:
> I would appreciate opinions on this strategy for Northern Spy trees.
> Start with Northern Spy on fully dwarfing rootstock to encourage
> earlier first fruiting. After fruiting has started, build up soil
> above the bud union, in order to increase size of tree and improve
> anchoring.
> My reply:
> Well it depends on what you are attempting to accomplish.  If you have  a 4
> story home and want to pick apples out of the windows of each floor that may
> be the way to go.
> I don't know how much room you have or what your requirements are nor your
> soil type.  If you are a home grower and only want one tree I would probably
> adopt a very different strategy.
> I suspect based on what you have written that ultimately an interstem may
> be the way to go.  Apples are not small trees on their own root in good
> soil.  And Northern Spy is a big tree.
> the fluffy one
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