[nafex] Gold Rush in MN

Dave Griffin griffingardens at earthlink.net
Wed Jan 25 14:10:07 EST 2012

Gold Rush has been unexectedly successful for me in central MN, zone 4a. 
Hardiness is not absolute with one tree dead but the other one 
surviving -30F two winters of its 6 total years planted. It never really 
ripens on the tree - when it has to be picked in November for cold it is 
still very green and hard as a rock, but ripens to great flavor in storage. 
I've got about 100 seedlings from crosses with 4 earlier and hardier apples 
including Zestar and Goodland but won't see any fruit from them for a couple 
of more years. Gold Rush is a very clean apple too. So you northerners don't 
shy away from trying this one because it's not rated hardy and you can't eat 
it off the tree, it's differences from other apples extend to the great 
flavor, storage time and other fruit quality too.


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