New Seedling Apple - Miss Jessamine

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New Seedling Apple - Miss Jessamine

Post by davem » Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:51 am

Hi Everyone,

In 2002 my wife brought home some unusual, really tasty apples from the store (3 kinds, I don't remember what they were). I liked them so much that I planted some seeds from each, thinking (incorrectly) that the trees would produce the same apples. Three got big enough to transplant into the yard. One of them never really grew, the other grew but was really stunted (it is now 4 feet tall). The third one was really healthy and took off - it is now 20 feet tall and produces really nice apples.

I was chatting with some folks on the Home Orchard Society forum, and they suggested that I give it a name and bring some of the apples to their fall fruit show a few weeks ago. I decided to name it after my daughter - "Miss Jessamine" (pronounced jess-a-min). I added the "Miss" to avoid confusion with the Jessamine flower which grows in the southeast U.S.

The experts at the show really liked it, and they took some photos and my information and are adding it to their database. I will bring some scions to their scion exchange in March.

I don't know apple lingo well enough to describe the taste, but I would say it is more sweet than tart, juicy, firm flesh, with medium thick skin. Color is yellow-green with a blush of pink, and a little russeting on the top by the stem. Flesh is cream colored.

I am guessing it will store well because it ripens late (I picked the last batch today, Nov. 5) and the flesh is pretty firm. I have some in the refrigerator and some in a shed, to find out how long they store in those conditions.

The tree is super healthy, with only extremely minor scabbing here and there. I have two other trees purchased from a nursery, one is somewhat scabby and the other is completely covered with scab, so the tree has definitely been exposed to scab. I do not spray anything on my trees other than a little compost tea 2-3 times a year. The soil is heavy clay, and the tree is crowded in between a pine, a fence, and an incense cedar. I really wish I would have planted it somewhere else, but there was nothing there at the time I planted it. I plan to remove the pine and cut back the cedar to give the apple more space.

I live in Camas, Washington, just across the river from Portland Oregon (USDA zone 8b).

If you are interested in trading scions or you want to see how it tastes, let me know. I would also appreciate help in properly describing it.

Here are some photos:

"Miss Jessamine". Photo taken Oct. 14, 2012
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Oct. 23, 2012
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Picked Nov. 5, 2012. Watch included for scale (probably should have used a ruler :-))
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Picked Nov. 5, 2012
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Picked Nov. 5, 2012
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Picked Nov. 5, 2012
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Jessamine in front of the tree Oct. 27, 2012
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Oct. 23, 2012
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From the top of the ladder, looking down. Oct. 23, 2012
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Re: New Seedling Apple - Miss Jessamine

Post by PA_Docent » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:09 pm

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 experimenting so this should be intersting.

One question I have for you, davem: Do you have stink bugs that far south and if you do, did they also taste test your Miss Jessamine apples? If so, how far into the apple flesh did the damage go? (see my question on stink bugs)

Unfortunately, up here in PA the stink bug is bad however with Stayman and Cox Orange Pippin, the damage is sparse and the damage only goes into the flesh about half a centimeter.

Mike
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Re: New Seedling Apple - Miss Jessamine

Post by davem » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:43 pm

PA_Docent wrote:One question I have for you, davem: Do you have stink bugs that far south and if you do, did they also taste test your Miss Jessamine apples? If so, how far into the apple flesh did the damage go? (see my question on stink bugs)
I have never seen any stink bugs here. The main issues here are scab, and codling moth.

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Re: New Seedling Apple - Miss Jessamine

Post by PA_Docent » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:03 am

I thought I saw some damage on one of your apples and thanks for your response. Scab and codling moth are also prevalent up here in PA. I plan to use a square of finely knit nylon and wrap each apple just after flowering. I have read this procedure works against codling moth (and other bugs). I still have to search about how/if there is a prevention against scab.
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