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 Post subject: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 11:04 am 
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Hello. We are new to apple growing and bought a few backyard trees recommended by a local nursery only to find that they may not be effective at pollinating each other. I have seen pairing suggestions online, but with multiple trees to consider, it's a bit overwhelming. We would love to have advice on other varieties to plant so that each tree produces apples. These are the varieties we currently have: Winesap, Empire, and Macintosh. We are in upstate NY.

Thank you for your help!


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 Post subject: Re: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 1:35 am 
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Plant a crabapple to pollinate your trees. Crabapples in my collection include Nehou, Siberian, Hewes Virginia, and Whitney (are all good polliators). Nehou and Hewes bloom the longest. Check Orange Pippin or Trees of Antiquity for these crabappples.

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 Post subject: Re: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower
PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 12:59 am 
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Usually 3 different apple varieties would probably cross-pollinate, but Winesap is a triploid variety and therefore not a good pollinator of other varieties. Empire and McIntosh are very closely-related so may not pollinate each other effectively, although you should still get something. As PA_docent suggests, a crab-apple will help. Alternatively choose another couple of mid-season flowering apple varieties that are not related to McIntosh.


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 Post subject: Re: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:13 pm 
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PA_Docent wrote:
Plant a crabapple to pollinate your trees. Crabapples in my collection include Nehou, Siberian, Hewes Virginia, and Whitney (are all good polliators). Nehou and Hewes bloom the longest. Check Orange Pippin or Trees of Antiquity for these crabappples.

Michael


Please tell me you make cider with all those wonderful crab apples!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:21 am 
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That's the plan to make cidre from my trees!

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 Post subject: Re: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:02 am 
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Thanks for the great tips, everyone. I may try both another mid season variety and a crab apple. Thanks again.


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