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How to ID apple varieties

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:49 pm
by Stonybrook
Hi all...I am the new owner of a small farm in California, which the 87 year old previous owner told us was originally a Pippin apple farm in the early 1900s. We still have dozens of old trees on the property, some of which we aren't able to identify. The Gravensteins and Pippins were easy to identify, but there are two other varieties we would love to identify and don't have a clue how we would go about doing that. What process do experts use to identify old apple tree varieties?

We've owned the property for two years and two of the apple varieties are really special. They are both very late in bloom (late April), and very very late in ripening (October), and are wonderful sweet, crisp, white-fleshed apples that sold out quickly last year when we sold them to our local grocery store. It would sure be nice to put a name to them, and if I can't find a name I will probably try to propagate some cuttings to plant elsewhere.

Thanks so much for the help.