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  • Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 21:14:31 -0400

For what it's worth, I have one branch of Cox's Orange Pippin grafted onto a crab. It is not very vigorous for me, and seems to suffer from scab or something more than either the stock or the other scions. (Ribston, Ashmead's Kernal, and Tydeman's late are all noticeably healthier and more vigorous.) Of course, it might just be that my single graft didn't take very well, and so that branch is weak. On the other hand, I'm in eastern Mass., so the climate is similar.


On Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at 05:14 PM, kathryn stout wrote:

Which cultivars grow faster and more vigorously? Or
where to look up that information? If it is the
cultivar, and this info is known and available, then
perhaps I can anticipate it--plan where to graft what
varieties, so my tree does not become so misshapen or
Right now I am about to graft six:
Gravenstein (I've read is very vigorous)
Black Oxford
Cox Orange Pippin (probably not very vigorous here in
W. Mass, an English apple known for preferring cool or
water-side climates)
Golden Russet
Esophus Spitzenberg
Northern Spy (vigorous, I think--also known for taking
a long time to bear)

Can you tell me more about the relative vigor of these
varieties, or what reference would list vigor of apple
I have only space for one tree, so to try multiple
varieties I have to graft. (Learn--I did have success
bud-grafting apricot, using RJ Garner's book--but this
is my first time grafting apple--dormant scion wood on
a just-beginning-to-grow tree.)

Zone 5

--- wrote:
I did a lot of this years ago when I first learned
to graft well and had
access to lots of cultivars. The biggest problem
that I encountered was not
the time od harvest, but the time of bloom, it meant
that I could not
properly spray, because the blossoms were in
different stages. Another big
problem is the growth rate - some cultivars grow
much faster and morre
vigorously, so the tree becomes very misshapen. On
the good side is that
there is very good pollination.

Ed Mashburn
Northumberland BerryWorks
707 Front Street
Northumberland, PA 17857
(570) 473-9910

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