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by OrangePippin-Richard
Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Zestar Disease Issue?
Replies: 3
Views: 5403

Re: Zestar Disease Issue?

When the tree starts to leaf out, the initial energy comes from the buds, which then draw on the roots. This looks like the roots have not been able to keep up with the demands of the tree. This could be caused by lack of watering, not heading back the leader (in the case of dwarf trees), or competi...
by OrangePippin-Richard
Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:50 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Growing HoneyCrisp Apples from seeds question... Please help
Replies: 1
Views: 4446

Re: Growing HoneyCrisp Apples from seeds question... Please

The seedlings are likely to be self-sterile, this is nothing to do with growing them from seed, it is just the most likely case for apples (whereas peaches, for example, are usually self-fertile). The seedlings are unlikely to cross-pollinate each other because they are closely-related (sharing the ...
by OrangePippin-Richard
Sun May 19, 2013 12:29 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: New grower and first planting
Replies: 2
Views: 4509

Re: New grower and first planting

I think the spray program depends a lot on how old the trees are (1-year, 2-year), and what stage of leafing-out they are at (as it is now very late to be planting bare-root trees).
by OrangePippin-Richard
Thu May 09, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Not Allowing Fruit To Grow In 2nd year
Replies: 2
Views: 4501

Re: Not Allowing Fruit To Grow In 2nd year

A lot depends on the rootstock, and the main issue is with dwarf trees (Bud 9, G.11 etc). These trees will likely stop growing in their 2nd year if you let them fruit, because (to over simplify) they can either grow, or they can fruit, but they can't do both. So if they stop growing in the second ye...
by OrangePippin-Richard
Thu May 09, 2013 7:04 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Rust on apple tree leaves
Replies: 3
Views: 4942

Re: Rust on apple tree leaves

It is probably best to check with the nursery then, as they will probably have an idea what it is and how to treat it - and will be grateful that you have advised them of the issue. It could have become infected after you planted but given the short space of time it is more likely something picked u...
by OrangePippin-Richard
Wed May 08, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Rust on apple tree leaves
Replies: 3
Views: 4942

Re: Rust on apple tree leaves

When did you plant the trees? Were they supplied bare-root or in pots? Are you sure it is rust and not just something related to transplant shock (since if they are 3-4 years old they will not have taken kindly to being transplanted)?
by OrangePippin-Richard
Fri May 03, 2013 2:48 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Late Blossom
Replies: 1
Views: 3330

Re: Late Blossom

Here in the UK the season is about 4 weeks behind last year.

If you register your trees on the OP Tree Register you can record blossom and harvest dates, and compare with other owners etc.

http://www.orangepippin.com/trees.aspx
by OrangePippin-Richard
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:45 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Submerging The Graft Union?
Replies: 1
Views: 3286

Re: Submerging The Graft Union?

Submerging the graft union is effectively using the "nurse-root" technique to create an own-root tree. In theory once the scion self-roots, its natural vigor (compared to the B9 rootstock) will cause it to takeover. You won't necessarily get a "standard" tree though, that will depend a lot on the vi...
by OrangePippin-Richard
Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Help Apple Tree (Macintosh Dwarf)
Replies: 2
Views: 4286

Re: Help Apple Tree (Macintosh Dwarf)

I think it has had it. The sprouts coming from the base are the rootstock trying to grow because the scion grafted on top has died.
by OrangePippin-Richard
Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:21 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Planting Garden Delicious Apple Dwarf
Replies: 8
Views: 8162

Re: Planting Garden Delicious Apple Dwarf

I think it is better to avoid over-enriching the planting hole because you really want to encourage the roots to spread out into the soil, which will be better for the long term.
by OrangePippin-Richard
Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Hard Cider
Replies: 4
Views: 6184

Re: Hard Cider

If you ever get a chance to try French hard cider, from Brittany or Normandy - almost any brand will be fabulous. Somehow they capture the essence of apple-ness in a way that I've not often found in English or American ciders. I think (not certain) they may use a natural in-bottle fermentation to ge...
by OrangePippin-Richard
Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:26 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Good Pollinator for Arkansas Black trees
Replies: 3
Views: 7878

Re: Good Pollinator for Arkansas Black trees

Arkansas Black is quite easy to pollinate, almost any diploid mid-season blooming apple or crab-apple will be suitable as long as it is not related to Arkansas Black. Crab-apples are useful because they produce a lot more pollen than regular apples.
by OrangePippin-Richard
Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:42 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Wanted: robust varieties for zip 02748 coastal Massachusetts
Replies: 1
Views: 4194

Re: Wanted: robust varieties for zip 02748 coastal Massachus

That looks like zone 6 or 7, with fairly mild winters and cool summers. It should be a good climate for most kinds of apples and other orchard fruits. The cool summers also mean you might be able to try apple varieties such as Cox's Orange Pippin which prefer this type of climate (although watch out...
by OrangePippin-Richard
Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:07 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Opal
Replies: 4
Views: 4596

Re: Opal

Opal is indeed a restricted and patented variety: Community Plant Variety Rights EU 16749 from 30. 01. 2006 United States patent PP 15,963 from 13. 09. 2005 as UEB 3264/2 However they don't seem to have realised there is already an apple called Opal, developed in the 1930s in England, and listed in ...
by OrangePippin-Richard
Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:05 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Gretna Green old apple variety
Replies: 3
Views: 4047

Re: Gretna Green old apple variety

There is an example of this variety in the UK National Fruit Collection, but I have never tried it and can't find any details.

I assume it must come from the small town of Gretna Green, in Scotland, just over the border from England.