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by Skipley
Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:13 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Gala apples on Bud 9
Replies: 2
Views: 4148

Re: Gala apples on Bud 9

This is W Washington zone7,8, rainy springs cool summers
by Skipley
Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Gala apples on Bud 9
Replies: 2
Views: 4148

Gala apples on Bud 9

Giving up on 35 Gala trees I planted! They just get too much scab for me here. They didn't grow much so they're easy to dig and part with. I have another variety all ready to go in its place. I am happy to ship these out for the cost.
by Skipley
Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Late cropping trees, UK
Replies: 4
Views: 5887

Re: Late cropping trees, UK

Adam, Smaller crab apples would be my guess, but for eating I have this new variety Pixie Crunch that hangs all winter long here in the NW Washington. Frozen to 10 degrees several nights and still flavorful mush in January :lol: It's a small sweet crisp apple from the Purdue Rutgers Illinois /PRI br...
by Skipley
Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Hello ;)
Replies: 4
Views: 6332

Re: Hello ;)

Ace, I did the same 6 years ago. bought 3500 bud-9 and grafted them. I wanted dwarf trees because my land is so precious. In Netherlands where land is really precious, they want mini dwarfs (m27/p-22) to plant 1-3 feet apart. Why Budagovsky 9 or something else: For me I have heavy, poorly drained so...
by Skipley
Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:47 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Growing Apples in Containers
Replies: 6
Views: 8514

Re: Growing Apples in Containers

When the voles started eating my 2 year old Bud-9 rootstock grafted trees in the nursery I moved them into pots- 5 gallon, basically the same size as you speak of. The trees did very well the first year, ok the next and then I planted most of them out to a permanent field but many I left in the pots...
by Skipley
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Trees refusing to branch...
Replies: 6
Views: 6663

Re: Trees refusing to branch...

Blenheim Orange. I'll look out for this one. I like the idea I just came across of Bark Inversion. Practiced at the Arnold Arboretum in 1957 making dwarf a tree via ringing the tree and inverting the ringed piece 3/4-2" wide. Slowing it down should help it branch. I also know that whenever a branch ...
by Skipley
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Stink Bugs
Replies: 4
Views: 6041

Re: Stink Bugs

humm. Yep, We're on a mission here to grow without spraying... and we don't for concern of unknown disruption. Hear this. Has anyone ever increased the floral diversity for enough years and introduced the predators (or waited for their arrival) to take the numbers down on all of our common pests in ...
by Skipley
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:13 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Blending Cider
Replies: 5
Views: 7596

Re: Blending Cider

There are some simple varietals that are excellent. Spitzenburg, Staymen, Jonathan to name a few. Aromatics is also important.
by Skipley
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Need Apple Tree Variety Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 5758

Re: Need Apple Tree Variety Advice

I like Melrose. The Ohio State Apple. Has good flavor even in Mid February.
by Skipley
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Benchgraft anyone???
Replies: 8
Views: 12526

Re: Benchgraft anyone???

"Benchgraft" refers to grafting not in-situ (ex-situ?) in the comfort of your home or propagation area. When I grafted my first 2000 trees-all bud-9 apples of >+100 varieties I whip and tongue grafted in January-February, put them in some warm moist bottom-heated sand, bundled together with their ro...
by Skipley
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Looking for scionwood
Replies: 3
Views: 5900

Re: Looking for scionwood

Rick, have you had any luck?
I would contact Nick Routledge. He's involved with Nick Botners orchard inOregon.
Also, more current is Rick at wagonwheelorchard.com/ in Kansas. He has several of the varieties your wanting.-and he grafts too.
Tell him Gil at Skipley Farm sent you!
by Skipley
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: looking for Dabinett apple scions
Replies: 3
Views: 5150

Re: looking for Dabinett apple scions

Got one little tree on a p22 -minidwarf. maybe 1 stick worth of scion, but I hear this IS the variety to amass for the cider. I need More!. Better bury the crown and git the tree growing!
by Skipley
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Stanley Plums
Replies: 17
Views: 15918

Re: Stanley Plums

So many here in W Washington. No brown rot. Totally drought tolerant (We get <1" in July and August). Several strains. mostly true from seed. naturally semidwarf. Just about walk away from pruning. Well-drained, sunny, even shadey spot is ok. We're dry in the summer, in PA my family had a little old...
by Skipley
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Apple Tracker?
Replies: 2
Views: 3908

Re: Apple Tracker?

dmtaylor-
Can you share your excel-is it a list of characters, dates, etc?
One could make up an excdel quite easily, on the other hand I love my notebooks.
by Skipley
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Jazz
Replies: 2
Views: 4213

Re: Jazz

ZIP, flavor, It's bright and has a season that must relax it's pressure test, but i've not experienced that yet. The apples I've eaten must've been in the mid-twenties/ crazy hard, crisp!? breaking??, mmm, how about fracturing? Yes, this apple fractures. And be careful, it's known to pull teeth. Hon...