Decided to delve into the MASSIVE amount of information to learn a little bit on how to start our apple orchard. Whoa. It’s a bit overwhelming. I really wish they had like “apple orchards for dummies” book. Like anything, I think its really important to learn the “behind the scenes” info. I suppose I could just go out and buy an apple tree or two from a nursery, but I am quickly realizing there is more there than meets the eye. I want to know about this apple tree! So this week I am trying to learn about the different rootstocks (which in the beginning I didn’t even know what those were!), the different varieties (cultivars), the best varieties for organic growing, the best disease-resistant trees. There is so much to learn but I am feeling a little more confident with this new information under my belt. I feel like this will get us the best results in the long run, rather than being ignorant and then running into problems. With up-front info I know what I can expect when I grow a certain rootstock of apple tree, etc.
While I have a TON more information to learn here’s a few thoughts I have at the moment (subject to change!)
- The best rootstock to grow organically are dwarf plants Bud9 and G11 & G16 as they are highly disease resistant. (I am appreciating this information on rootstocks from Orange Pippin)
- I would like to grow dwarf trees for easy pruning and picking abilities. Also grows quickly and most dwarf are disease resistant.
- A few varieties I am considering: Goldrush, Enterprise & here , Redfree, CrimsonCrisp, CrimsonTopaz
- A couple of my favorite resources: Orange Pippin Trees, Grandpa’s Orchard, Willis Orchards (no rootstock info though)
That’s it for now! Gotta go get the baby up from her nap!
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