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by tkuntz
Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Leaf Loss
Replies: 5
Views: 10378

Leaf drop is not a sign of fire blight. Actually the leaves will hold tight on a fire blight strike. Fire blight is easy to spot. Usually occurs on the growing tip of a limb and causes the end of the limb to curl in a "shepards hook". The bacteria can also enter through the blossom and will cause th...
by tkuntz
Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: I need help!!
Replies: 3
Views: 5867

Some of the things we do on our school tours includes: Apple variety taste test. Many kids don't realize there are anything but red and green apples. Get as many varieties as you can find and tell them their names and where the name came from. Guess the number of seeds in an apple. Cut it open and c...
by tkuntz
Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: cost of bushel of u pick apples this fall
Replies: 2
Views: 5754

We are charging $.45 per pound at our PYO in PA.
by tkuntz
Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Stark Bros
Replies: 1
Views: 4787

Used them many times for large volumn purchases. Tree size and quality are excellent. Good choice of varieties. I would highly recommend. Seems to be no problems since the company's restructuring.
by tkuntz
Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: DEER attack to Apple tree
Replies: 3
Views: 7636

Also see deer control in this forum for other grower's great ideas.
by tkuntz
Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:01 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: DEER attack to Apple tree
Replies: 3
Views: 7636

Your tree will recover next season from some browsing, but try to keep them away. Continued browsing will cause the tree to be bushy. Browsing usually does not kill a tree (however antler rubbing can). If the deer are getting used to the soap, try rotating with moth balls and human hair before going...
by tkuntz
Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:48 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Round holes on leaves!
Replies: 2
Views: 7360

Since you are in PA and by your timing I would guess Gypsy Moth. They have eaten most of the leaves off my unsprayed leaves this spring. There are many (100's) of different types of caterpillars and worms that eat apple tree leaves though, so it's hard to pinpoint which one is giving you problems. I...
by tkuntz
Sun May 18, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: HELP
Replies: 5
Views: 8218

Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Cortland and Ida Red are all favorites of our Farm Market customers for baking. Of the ones on this list, I would say Jonagold is the best for both purposes. However, don't forget to get a good pollinator. I agree with plumfan though, what one person selects as a favorite...
by tkuntz
Sun May 18, 2008 3:23 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Where Can I Buy a Silken Apple Tree?
Replies: 4
Views: 7915

Raintree Nursery

391 Butts Road

Morton, WA 98356

Not sure if they have any left for 2008, but you could order for next season. Not sure if they can ship to Canada.
by tkuntz
Thu May 15, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: pollinators
Replies: 2
Views: 8158

Honeycrisp and Gala are both mid-season bloomers. They will pollinate each other just fine.
by tkuntz
Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:10 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Starting an orchard
Replies: 6
Views: 16534

Commercial nurseries I would recommend: Adams County Nursery Boyers Nursery Stark Brothers Nursery Van Well Nursery C&O Nursery All have good stock and will box and ship when you want them. Costs for a nice caliper tree range from $8 to $10 depending on royalty costs (newer varieties have $1 to $2 r...
by tkuntz
Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: tart apples
Replies: 4
Views: 8157

Pristine, Summer Rambo, NW Greening, Macoun, Northern Spy, York Imperial, Black Twig...just to name a few. All are tart but none are as dry as a Granny.
Tremlett’s Bitter is the tartest I ever tasted. Only used for hard cider. Sucks the moisture right out of your mouth.
by tkuntz
Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Need info on Jordan Apple
Replies: 2
Views: 5925

The Jordans I am familiar with we refer to as Jordan's Weeping. Assuming this is the variety in question, Gala is fine for pollination. They do not begin blooming at exactly the same time, but there is plenty of overlap.
by tkuntz
Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Does such a book exist?
Replies: 7
Views: 10326

Welcome to the world of Pomology. Although not exactly what your looking for...My encyclopedia is the Tree Fruit Production Guide written every two years by Penn State University. Avail. on line at http://tfpg.cas.psu.edu/ Or $20.00 from PSU extension service. I will tell you that of the three varie...
by tkuntz
Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: recommend vareities?
Replies: 4
Views: 8632

Sounds like a good idea as long as they are not shaded by the Oaks. Keep them in direct sunlight. The only reason I can think you may have difficulty with Granny's is not cold hardiness but the length of the growing season. They may not be ready to harvest before the snow starts to fly in Iowa, but ...