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by dmtaylor
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Scion Wood
Replies: 3
Views: 6031

Re: Scion Wood

I've tasted them and I do believe I liked the Pink Pearl just a little bit more. You can also find some great crabapples out there with red flesh or at least deep dark red skins that will generate a nicely colored and flavored sauce or jelly. Look into Dolgo and Kerr, although there are no doubt doz...
by dmtaylor
Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: cider from container apple trees
Replies: 5
Views: 6314

Re: cider from container apple trees

Oh good -- another cider guy! I'm just getting into growing cider apples. Currently have Foxwhelp, and am now going for Kingston Black, Esopus Spitzenburg, and Ashmead's Kernel, among others, which are good for both cider and for eating. You can grow apples in containers successfully, but with only ...
by dmtaylor
Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Introduce Yourself
Replies: 8
Views: 9420

Re: Introduce Yourself

Will_D, it's good to see another craft beer and cider enthusiast on here. I'm what you call a certified beer nerd, and I've got the BJCP beer judge card and homebrewing forum pedigree to prove it! I've brewed just about every style in the book over the past 13 years. I've got some old hop plants -- ...
by dmtaylor
Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: What kind apple do you like to eat?
Replies: 7
Views: 7382

Re: What kind apple do you like to eat?

Jazz, Jonagold, and Junami. And Honeycrisp. I also love Cortland while they are still in season.

And I was intrigued when I tasted an Arkansas Black, but they are not easy to find around here. Also Hudson's Golden Gem and Sinta. Very hard to find those, though.
by dmtaylor
Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: New Topic: Which Variety To Try This Year?
Replies: 4
Views: 6063

Re: New Topic: Which Variety To Try This Year?

I'm dying to taste Esopus Spitzenburg. Supposed to be one of the best ever and I've never tasted it. Also want to get my tastebuds on Grimes Golden. I'm wondering which is best in the yellow apples -- Grimes, Opal, Sinta, or something else. And I'm curious about Sweet 16. I'll have my first crop thi...
by dmtaylor
Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:30 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Help! - I'm planting an orchard
Replies: 11
Views: 10735

Re: Help! - I'm planting an orchard

It's definitely worthwhile looking at Maple Valley Orchards & Nursery for good varieties to grow in zone 5a. The owner, Tony Dembski, has a lot of experience with hundreds of varieties in zone 4b. I've been lucky enough to have tasted about 40 of them so far. Many are stinkers but a few are so good,...
by dmtaylor
Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Help! - I'm planting an orchard
Replies: 11
Views: 10735

Re: Help! - I'm planting an orchard

You really can't go wrong with Honeycrisp. It's the huge name in apples right now, is easy to grow in 5a, and sells for a high price. And it's so juicy, it is also ideal for making cider (sweet or hard) if you are so inclined. Two others you should look into: SweeTango. This is another Honeycrisp st...
by dmtaylor
Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Sweetango
Replies: 2
Views: 6229

Re: Sweetango

They're good, but I still like Honeycrisp better as far as that "style" of apple goes. Still can't beat a good ripe Cortland right off the tree though IMHO. Yummy.

You can't get SweeTango scions or trees yet without an expensive license. It's one of those registered trademarked patented things.
by dmtaylor
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:06 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Please help me identify my 27 year old apple tree.
Replies: 4
Views: 6813

Re: Please help me identify my 27 year old apple tree.

Depends on where you got the apple. If it was purchased at the grocery store, the daddy lived in some unknown far-off orchard. If received from a neighbor or a local farmer's market, then you might be able to narrow it down. Every apple starts out as a blossom. Find out where your blossom came from,...
by dmtaylor
Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:00 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Please help me identify my 27 year old apple tree.
Replies: 4
Views: 6813

Re: Please help me identify my 27 year old apple tree.

Your tree is half Red Delicious, half something else. Apple trees grown from seeds are just like humans -- they have a mommy and a daddy. Your tree's mommy was a Red Delicious. The daddy was most likely some other popular apple variety from 27 years ago -- my guess would be Golden Delicious, or perh...
by dmtaylor
Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Hello
Replies: 2
Views: 5526

Re: Hello

Hello there. I am new as well, although I've been lurking for a couple of years.
by dmtaylor
Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Can I save this dwarf honeycrisp?
Replies: 4
Views: 7069

Re: Can I save this dwarf honeycrisp?

I have similar issues with my 5-year-old Honeycrisp tree -- it prefers to grow up really tall without wanting to bush out much. However, I have a lot more scaffold branches on my tree (albeit fairly short ones), and I think that is because I prune the top off the tree each year, a.k.a., heading back...
by dmtaylor
Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: id this, please
Replies: 4
Views: 5476

Re: id this, please

Looks like a Cox or a Kidd's Orange Red. I've also seen some Fuji recently with the same sort of alligator striping on them, but I don't know if they'd grow very well in anything other than near-tropics.