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by PA_Docent
Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Stink Bugs
Replies: 4
Views: 6057

Update: Stink Bug, Stayman, and Cox Orange Pippin

I am especially happy to report that Stayman and Cox Orange Pippin were not affected that much by stink bugs. There were several places where the stink bugs infected, however the damage only was topical to half a centimeter into the flesh. They are both tart and hard apples, so I guess the stink bug...
by PA_Docent
Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:09 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: New Seedling Apple - Miss Jessamine
Replies: 3
Views: 6754

Re: New Seedling Apple - Miss Jessamine

Thanks for sharing your new apple and pictures! I plan to do the same except with Stayman and Cox Orange Pippin next year (I also have both trees in my home orchard so can compare growth characteristics and apple flavor). I am planting in an known area so that the seeds go through the winter. I like...
by PA_Docent
Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Apple Crop in Alabama
Replies: 5
Views: 6233

Re: Apple Crop in Alabama

We visited several orchards in VA recently, and their crop seemed to be holding up fairly well and quality was good. In PA, even the Stayman had a few stings. The effect of the sting only went down a few mm. The York Imperial (sweet apple) was so favored by the Stink Bugs that I threw out about 40-...
by PA_Docent
Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Apple Crop in Alabama
Replies: 5
Views: 6233

Re: Apple Crop in Alabama

SOME IDIOT wrote:Some interesting reading about the apple crop this year. I know all the orchards around me were devistated by the drought.

http://www.thegrower.com/news/US-Apple- ... 83126.html
I wonder if they are comparing over several year period or just last year?
by PA_Docent
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:42 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Stink Bugs
Replies: 4
Views: 6057

Stink Bugs

Orchards in PA only produced 50% of normal this year. Of that 50%, nearly all had stink bug damage. My observations/experience: 1. The harder the apple, the more resistant to stink bugs. 2. Sweeter apples seem to be favored by the stink bug; I have to throw out about 50% of my York Imperials that I ...
by PA_Docent
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:32 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Apple Crop in Alabama
Replies: 5
Views: 6233

Re: Apple Crop in Alabama

Here in PA, the harvest is reported to be only 50% this year. The 50% that was harvested, nearly all were attacked by stink bugs :(
by PA_Docent
Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: What are best varieties to espalier in english garden
Replies: 5
Views: 7252

Re: What are best varieties to espalier in english garden

I have heard apple trees can grow in heavy clay soils so your issue with soil should pose no problem. Since you are in the UK, I would say stay with some of your country's apples. Two of the apples I grow are Cox Orange Pippin and Ashmead's Kernal. Both apples are great for eating. I have to wait an...
by PA_Docent
Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:12 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Spindly growth
Replies: 3
Views: 4892

Re: Spindly growth

I received dome interesting information from Neil B. Collins of Tree of Antiquity (where I purchased some of my trees): The terminal bud makes an inhibitory hormone called auxin, which moves by gravity down the shoot and prevents the lateral buds just beneath the terminal bud from growing. The effec...
by PA_Docent
Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:49 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? Orange Pippin!

I went to Boyers in PA yesterday. I started talking to the attendants and they did not even know about Orange Pippin or Trees of Antiquity websites. I also started talking about apples and they produced a bushel of Cox's Orange Pippin and Arkansas Black. Of course I could not wait until I got home s...
by PA_Docent
Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:10 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Crows!
Replies: 14
Views: 14630

Birds

Shoot one and hang it by the trees. Other crows will not land anywhere near. I know it sounds kind of sick, but it works. And yes, crows are legal game here in PA. Check your own state regulations first. Yes, I think this works well too. I was able to try it and fortunately no crows tried to go nea...
by PA_Docent
Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:07 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Crows!
Replies: 14
Views: 14630

Re: Bird Calls

I am trying my hopefully successful solution this coming weekend. I purchased a cd with different crow calls including a distress call which supposedly brings in the "scout" crow. Then I am going to attempt to make him or her transition from this plane of reality and then hang their mortal remains ...
by PA_Docent
Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:54 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Magness Pear
Replies: 8
Views: 13265

Re: Magness Pear

I also learned from Boyers in PA that the Potomac will pollinate Magness. Now with the cooler weather the Magness started growing. Hope this new growth hardens off before winter.
by PA_Docent
Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Crows!
Replies: 14
Views: 14630

Re: Crows!

I have heard that the plastic owls with head movement works. I will try this next year.

I also have netting available so if the owl does not work, will put up the net.
by PA_Docent
Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Parts of the Apple
Replies: 2
Views: 3529

Re: Parts of the Apple

I was doing my own research after I asked a question about ananas reinette and no one could answer!
by PA_Docent
Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Hopeful Apple Grower with Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 11739

Re: Hopeful Apple Grower with Questions

As to the training/growing of the trees, we are looking for two things. Bushy and fruit bearing. Bushy first, more as a privacy screen than anything else. We will be training the branches to fill out any open spaces. At the same time, we're also hoping we can start getting fruit within 2-3 years. I...