Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower

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newapple
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Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower

Post by newapple » Fri May 15, 2015 11:04 am

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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Re: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower

Post by PA_Docent » Thu May 21, 2015 1:35 am

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
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Re: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower

Post by OrangePippin-Richard » Fri May 22, 2015 12:59 am

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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Re: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower

Post by Greyt.Chase » Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:13 pm

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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Re: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower

Post by PA_Docent » Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:21 am

That's the plan to make cidre from my trees!
Calville Blc,Hewes,Nehou,Fearns P,Siberian,Cox OP,Spitz,Ananas Reinette,BdB,Kingston Blk,Tremlett's,Muscat de Bernay,Ashmead's,Rambo,Stayman,Macoun,Jefferis,Winesap,Red Berlepsch

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Re: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower

Post by newapple » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:02 am

Thanks for the great tips, everyone. I may try both another mid season variety and a crab apple. Thanks again.

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