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by tkuntz
Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:21 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Dormant Oil NE Pa?
Replies: 4
Views: 8445

Any time from when the buds begin to swell (probably another week or two for your area) until the leaves are 1/2" opened is the perfect time for an oil application. 1 Gallon of oil to 50 gallons of water is a good rate. Once leaves are 1/2" open up until bloom, 1/2 gallon oil per 50 gallons water. H...
by tkuntz
Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:06 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Very small red apples for wedding decor
Replies: 2
Views: 6384

I would recommend Jonathan. They are smaller apples, hold their shine and are firm enough to endure sitting on tables or in water for a day or more. I've heard from customers that the varieties of apples are limited in Florida. You may need to have them shipped to you. I can give you shipping info f...
by tkuntz
Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Time to plant new trees?????
Replies: 6
Views: 8001

Roundup is not recommended for apple or pear trees under two years of age. Stone fruit not under five years. If you do use it, don't make trunk contact. Glyphosate (Roundup) is absorbed through foliage (and soft bark) and translocated to the roots of the plant. It will also kill limbs of mature tree...
by tkuntz
Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Sour apples
Replies: 3
Views: 6619

I agree with cutting back on the fertilizer. High nitrogen in the soil can "tie up" micro nutrients such as calcium, zinc, magnesium that will reduce the flavor of the apples. I only use nitrogen on young trees the fist two seasons to get them kick started. And on some soils I don't use any at all. ...
by tkuntz
Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Graft or 2-in-1 hole?
Replies: 1
Views: 5573

I would plant both trees instead of taking a grafting risk. You already have two year old grafted trees. To graft now you would technically lose a year or two of growth. Totally your option though... If you do plant them in the same hole, make one oblong hole and keep the trees at least a foot apart...
by tkuntz
Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Apples similar to Honey Crisps?
Replies: 2
Views: 6356

Honeycrisp are harvested in early Sept. on the east coast. HC is one of a kind, but some that are in the same texture category you should try...Zestar!, Jazz, Jonagold, Mutsu (aka. Crispin). You may be able to find Cameo, Braeburn or Pink Lady over the winter months. Not exactly the same, but new an...
by tkuntz
Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: General Apple questions
Replies: 7
Views: 8027

I can recommend varieties, but you should talk to some customers or local people and see what varieties they like. Apple varieties can be very regional. Mid to late Sept. = Ida Red (similar to McIntosh, a little harder), Mutsu (I think they go by Crispin in NY, yellow, large, sweet citrus flavor), G...
by tkuntz
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Bloom time
Replies: 2
Views: 4735

You're state flower, the apple blossom, depending on variety and weather will normally bloom during the first two weeks in May.
by tkuntz
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Need help preserving my apples
Replies: 2
Views: 4711

Don't forget to fertilize...horse manure works the best...although it doesn't help the taste
by tkuntz
Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: General Apple questions
Replies: 7
Views: 8027

Where to start ?... Dwarf trees are great in my opinion, especially if you are considering Pick-Your-Own apples. I'm not a big fan of climbing 25 foot ladders. With dwarf trees on M-26, M-9, Bud 9 and M9-111, we only need an 8' stepladder to reach the tops of the trees when mature. Keep in mind the ...
by tkuntz
Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Benchgraft anyone???
Replies: 8
Views: 12590

They don't grow any faster than a chip grafted tree. The first season they grow slower...they usually catch up after the third leaf.

I've never seen any growth advantages (or disadvantages) with bench grafting.

A bench graft does take special care for the first few seasons to keep it healthy.
by tkuntz
Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:05 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Backyard trees in Minnesota
Replies: 2
Views: 6664

Your soils are great for growing almost everything...it's the weather above that makes it difficult. Minnesota has one of the most brutal apple growing climates in the USA! You will want to stick with varieties out of the Univ. of Minn. breeding program. http://www.apples.umn.edu/ Another good list ...
by tkuntz
Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:50 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: LIKE TO GROW MY OWN IN CENTRAL INDIANA
Replies: 2
Views: 6175

Fuji should grow fine in IN. I would recommend a soil test to check for soil nutrients to find out if you need to make any adjustments. Commercially avail. Fuji strains are very succeptable to apple scab and cedar apple rust fungi. All apples are suseptable to 100's of insects. No resistant strains ...
by tkuntz
Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:24 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Where to get Sulfur & Nufilm-17 (sticking agent)?
Replies: 2
Views: 6595

I'm not sure where you can purchase products as I am a commercial grower and deal with suppliers who sell in large quantities. However, you will find micro-fine sulfur (wettable powder) to be much more cost effective if you can find it. A little messy to mix, but less than $1 per pound. About 3 Tbs ...
by tkuntz
Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:38 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Never done this before, any suggestions?
Replies: 6
Views: 11703

Hey strawhatsheik, sounds like I may have inadvertently pointed you in the wrong direction for info. Thanks andrewj for the correction. After seeing your comments, I'll think twice before referring people in other states to their extension agents. I guess I'm spoiled here in PA with our extension se...