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 Apple ID and Propagation - Ray 
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Post Apple ID and Propagation - Ray
The following was sent to me via the HOS Forum as a direct question; I suggest beginning a "New Topic" to ask and inform everyone. My answer’s below.

"I moved to a farm in NE Washington a few years ago. There was an old abandoned orchard here with about two each of ten apple trees. The fruit is just ripening and i wondered if there was any way to identify the varieties?

In an attempt to save the trees, i was wondering if someplace could graft them to dwarfing root stock?



I hope you find this… My advice is to store any of the early varieties in a cooler and do your best to pick representative, or ‘average’ looking apples to bring to our Apple ID team at this years All About Fruit Show Have “Your unknown apples identified (bring 4-6 samples of each).” Also, note the diameter of the tree trunks and give your best guess at the age of the orchard. Just as today, there were generally a list of ‘popular apples’ at the time of planting and our folks know them.

As for propagation… I’d suggesting collecting scion wood {an online search would likely bring up better information than I describe here} – from any variety you’d care to propagate. Bring it to our Spring Grafting Event where there’s advice and a good selection of apple rootstock. We sell the rootstock and charge around $3 or $4 per 'custom’ graft' (after an entry fee) but it’s still a better deal (cause you know what you’ll get!) than a Nursery. But please collect (and label) a variety of scions (cutting’s) and sizes, the more the better. It’s always best to match scion to rootstock diameters.

As mentioned, I hope you discover this :)

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Sat Sep 27, 2008 8:24 am

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A follow-up link to apple ID at the “All About Fruit Show”:

Apple/Fruit identification is a skill that takes years to develop and certain apple characteristics are required for more accurate ID. Here are some things to do and note when you bring fruit to the ID table.

1. What do you know of the history of the tree?
2. What is the size of the tree?
3. Is the tree growing in a row or in a random area?
4. What is the elevation and location of the tree?
5. When collecting fruit:
A. Collect fruit from various parts of the tree, top, middle, bottom, inside, outside, for a total of 5 or 6 samples per tree, if possible.
B. Leave stem attached to apple.
C. Do not wash fruit or clean in any way.
D. Store in refrigerator until AAFS.

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Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:23 am
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