[NAFEX] In Defense of Big Apple Trees

Drevniok colleendaly at videotron.ca
Tue Nov 10 17:01:23 EST 2009

Hi Claude,

Did you graft the apple trees yourself Claude? If so, what type of 
rootstock did you use and where did you source them? I agree, I think
full-sized trees are the way to go (at least for us) coupled with some 
serious pruning.

Peter Drevniok, Gatineau Qc zone 4

Claude Jolicoeur wrote:
> I am with Alan concerning big apple trees. I have many full size Cortland
> trees and I think they are great. I don't think such trees may be as
> productive as modern intensive orchards, but the quality of the apples is
> much better although smaller. For cider, standard trees in my experience
> produce apples with greater sugar concentration and better flavor. Unless
> you grow apples to earn a living or are extremely limited in space,
> standard trees are the best way to go - and even more so in colder climate
> and in areas with a lot of snow. 
> Claude Jolicoeur
> Quebec
> A 06:57 09.11.08 -0500, vous avez écrit : 
> Fluffy’s warning about the grand results of growing a tree on a Northern
> Spy rootstock has inspired me to counter with an endorsement of full sized
> apple trees.
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