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Post Apple varieties at scion exchange?
I plan to attend the scion exchange but won't be back from vacation until the 7th so I don't have much time to research apple varieties. I have no idea what varieties I might find at the exchange, but I have an idea of the kind of apple I want. I'm looking for a late type that runs closer to sweet than tart and is vigorous enough to have it grafted onto M27 or P.22 rootstock which I've read will be available at the exchange. I currently have a Gravenstein (20+ yr old tree) and would like something sweeter for eating fresh. Also, a pollinator for the Gravenstein would be a bonus. Is all of this asking too much?

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Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:24 pm
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Joe, one of the benefits of membership in the Home Orchard Society is receiving our Pome News. For years they've published each variety of scion from the last Scion Exchange; we can only hope those varieties will return.

Your desire for a later ripening apple that would pollinate your Gravenstein may be difficult. I don't know if "that's the way it is?" ...but I've found early blooming apples to also be early ripening varieties...

One of my favorite apples is Golden Delicious; they've a long bloom time, a long window of "eat-ability" (crisp, to sweet), and hang on long stems for weeks. I've little problem with disease, and though you can find them in most grocery stores, home grown are always better!

We've some real connoisseurs around here, I hope they speak up!

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Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:54 am
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Post apple varieties at scion exchange?
Thanks for your reply viron,

Is Yellow Delicious middle season? what about on M27,P22, or M9 rootstocks? There must be someplace to get this info without bothering you guys- I need tocheck out those HOS publications

Thanks again


Tue Feb 27, 2007 3:12 pm
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Check out the following; though it appears as I remembered: Yellow Delicious; early blooming, yet mid-to-late season ripening. It can be pollinated by Lodi (which is basically the same apple as a "Transparent.") I'd plant a stand-alone Yellow (or Golden, same thing) Delicious, and graft a branch of Transparent / Lodi onto your Gravenstein. Transparent is an excellent pollinator for Gravenstein's.

http://www.arborday.org/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?ID=55 - scroll down

Rootstocks aren't my 'specialty,' I understand them - but have to look each one up. I generally go for a more vigorous rootstock than most, due to clay soil and deer problems...

And remember, you can always graft something later ripening to your Yellow Del. I think it has a long enough bloom time to cover most varieties - but do check.

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Tue Feb 27, 2007 3:51 pm
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Joe:
HOS will have about 200 apple varieties at the March 10 scion exchange. Come to the information table for bloom dates, disease resistance, vigor and roootstock information.

See you then, Ted


Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:28 pm
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