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  • Subject: [NAFEX] apple tree with interesting trait
  • Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 13:19:38 +0000

Well maybe it's an "apple-crab" and that's what made the difference:

I was just complaining to someone that all the apples fell off my trees after the record-breaking rains in August. If the flooding in s.WI didn't make national news, it should have. I'm hi-dry on light soil, and I still lost crops-- most of my September-ripening apples! (I shouldn't complain because I'm amazed they held thru the July drought, and only one October variety lost its crop.) Except for one tree, a seedling of 'Beautiful Arcade'.

This tree usually has some 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" red sweet-tart little apples ripening late Sept. Flesh texture & flavor is more like apple, core & seeds more like a crab. Leaves don't show much disease, but fruits tend to get plenty insect damage. If I had to discard half my trees, I'd probably have dumped this one-- before this summer. This year it is the difference no Sept apples and something worthwhile.

If this sounds like something which should be tried in other locations by more growers, let me know! I won't have much scionwood for 08, maybe budwood. Probably more scionwood for 09.

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