Probably just as important as variety selection is the selection of rootstock for height, soil, moisture and suckering to name a few. This eBook covers general information for rootstocks as well as specific information for individual rootstocks. 22 apple, 11 pear, 3 Asian pear, 6 cherry and 10 stone fruit rootstocks are described.
Over 1325 apple varieties listed for apple scab, powdery mildew and fireblight disease resistance. Grow good fruit without the disease!
Over 770 pedigrees listed. The parents of apple varieties, important in that the parents usually will not pollinate the offspring. Example: ‘Summerred’ - ‘McIntosh’ x ‘Golden Delicious,’ K. O. Lapins, Canadian Department Agricultural Research Station, Summerland, British Columbia, Canada, introduced, 1964. ‘McIntosh’ and ‘Golden Delicious’ should not be used to pollinate Summerred. 59 Pages
Over 3,900 varieties listed according to vigor. Early crop load has the most dramatic effect on tree vigor, more than any other factor. Rated from T1 to T3, knowing the vigor of your variety is important to insure a healthy, productive tree, as each vigor set requires slightly different care.
Two books in one! "Self-fertile & Partially Self-fertile Apple Varieties": Over 215 varieties listed. Can only have one or two apples trees? Then be sure to pick them from this list to have a better chance for fruit. "Triploid & Tetraploid Apple Varieties": Some of these require special pollinators. Make sure you have compatible varieties to ensure fruit.
Over 3,100 varieties and their bloom periods listed. To use the key, find two varieties in the same groupings, A, B, C, or D. Some bloom periods, for some varieties, overlap others, but in general, for the most fruit, make sure you have apple varieties with the same letter.
Two books in one! "Spur and Semi-spur Apple Varieties" - Over 1000 spur and semi-spur varieties listed. Apple trees that have fruit on spurs or semi-spurs are more dwarfing. They also require special pruning techniques. "Tip and Partial-tip Apple Varieties" - Over 350 varieties listed. Fruit are borne on the tip of the branches, are weeping, and require little to no pruning.