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by Chuck Rhode
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Book of Ours
Replies: 18
Views: 15521

Re: Book of Ours

Summer pruning in August certainly tames my trees down a bit, but winter pruning merely invigorates them the next season. Reason for this? I usually do not prune the roots of said tree, thus all those pent-up energy reserves come roaring out the following season. Yes, I think pruning is one of thos...
by Chuck Rhode
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Got a question for everyone
Replies: 9
Views: 7991

Re: Got a question for everyone

It can be purple polka dotted for all I care, as long as it's large, firm, crisp, and tart! I like Idared a lot. Others think they're too small, too tart, and too "dull." I had my first crop this year, and they didn't measure up to the ones I buy locally, either, but I hope for better from my young...
by Chuck Rhode
Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:18 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Got a question for everyone
Replies: 9
Views: 7991

Re: Got a question for everyone

Greyt.Chase wrote: I want a large, firm, tart, crisp apple. Think Granny Smith for an example of what I like.
Does it have to be green? Northwestern Greening is green.

39° — Wind WNW 8 mph
by Chuck Rhode
Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:31 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Book of Ours
Replies: 18
Views: 15521

Book of Ours

Officially it's too late to winter-prune apples. I say this because I finished today. You need to get your buns in gear now if you haven't already, or you could wait for ice and deer to do the job. Here's a topic, "The Book of Ours," about what's coming up next this growing season. Ever think about ...
by Chuck Rhode
Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Mild winter - When to take scion cuttings?
Replies: 5
Views: 5077

Re: Mild winter - When to take scion cuttings?

If an ice storm encounters you in early spring, you may have to do some patch-up pruning afterward, so you may want to wait, keeping your options open until later.
  • 3° — Wind N 3 mph
by Chuck Rhode
Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: 3a zone apples varieties?
Replies: 4
Views: 5170

Re: 3a zone apples varieties?

What climate is really best for apples? If you've watched The Botany of Desire reruns on PBS or read the book, you've been exposed to the notion that apples are extremely variable, adaptive, and opportunistic. Anthropomorphizing from apples' point of view, they are able to keep up with the whims of...
by Chuck Rhode
Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:42 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: 3a zone apples varieties?
Replies: 4
Views: 5170

Re: 3a zone apples varieties?

I'm in USDA Hardiness Zone 5B (barely), and I've planted dwarf trees purchased from a nurseryman in Zone 4B who makes it his business to provide scions for varieties that will bring in crops reliably in northerly zones: Maple Valley Orchards See his descriptions. He lists Hardiness Zones claimed by ...