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Offline jlynch3

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1st year apple orchard
« on: October 04, 2018, 06:02:57 PM »
Planted a 24 tree apple orchard on our hunting property this spring. Went with 14 bare root trees from starkbros and another 10 from fleet farm (BNI). Have 8 different varieties cold hardy to zone 3
Caged with 10 gauge concrete wire mesh and 2, 7' T posts. 2 bags of mulch, tree matt, and tube.
Cost average was around $80 a tree all said in done. :crazy:

Fingers crossed for our first winter..

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One of two 3 gallon pots from FF @ %40 off - after thoughts, but i couldn't resist.
Looks pretty good for a 3 1/2 hour ride in the pickup!


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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2018, 06:09:21 PM »
They'll prolly be okay.  :happy1:

I planted a couple late season from Menards (they were stuffed way back in a corner) ....and they made it so far!
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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 06:51:08 PM »
nice!!! :happy1:
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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2018, 06:50:04 PM »
Nice job, looks like you did it right for their survival.  Good luck.
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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2018, 09:21:23 AM »
They look great! Nicely done. Keep us posted and please provide an update in the spring.
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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2018, 09:33:18 PM »
They'll prolly be okay.  :happy1:

I planted a couple late season from Menards (they were stuffed way back in a corner) ....and they made it so far!

Second the motion about them being ok.  Fall is considered a good time to plant apples.   The first apple tree I planted in our yard was a honeygold in the fall of 1973.    It is still there and still producing apples.   

Unless you are really isolated you might well have to do some spraying to get apples that are pest free enough to eat.   And HoneyCrisp seems especially vulnerable to bugs, for some reason.   

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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2018, 10:55:48 AM »
  And HoneyCrisp seems especially vulnerable to bugs, for some reason.
Maybe cuz they taste good.  :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2018, 06:25:25 PM »
I had a few honeycrisp trees.  They have to be sprayed with calcium.  The trees can't provide enough calcium to the apple and the will get what's called bitter pit.  https://fruitgrowersnews.com/article/reducing-risk-bitter-pit-honeycrisp-apples/
They still taste great but will look like crap. For our deer land we planted dolgo crab apples.
Anything that is free is worth saving up for.

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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2018, 10:01:35 PM »
Interesting.  Thanks.

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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2018, 09:35:24 AM »
I had a few honeycrisp trees.  They have to be sprayed with calcium.  The trees can't provide enough calcium to the apple and the will get what's called bitter pit.  https://fruitgrowersnews.com/article/reducing-risk-bitter-pit-honeycrisp-apples/
They still taste great but will look like crap. For our deer land we planted dolgo crab apples.
This year about a third of the fruit an our Honeycrisp trees were affected with bitter-pit and maybe a tenth of the fruit on the Sweet 16s. Since I don't sell them, it isn't a huge deal because they still taste GREAT. I am going to do some more research about preventing it though

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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2018, 10:32:52 AM »
Very nice orchard you've got started there jlynch!  :happy1:

Not going to poo-poo the notion that Honeycrisp trees may need calcium. Reading the U's own info on Honeycrisp, they're aware of it, under storage life. With one Honeycrisp tree to deal with and huge amounts of calcium in the soils locally, I'm not going to spray every 5 - 7 days especially when it rains with the frequency that it does. Betting that if there is a problem, there's a good chance it'll outgrow it. I'm much more impressed by the SnowSweet tree anyway for ease of care and for its overall diversity. It's been an easy keeper.

https://mnhardy.umn.edu/varieties/fruit/apples/honeycrisp 
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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2018, 05:11:19 PM »
Just to clarify - These were planted May 12/13 and have a whole summer of growth. The plan is to go fruitless for five and let all the growth go into the limbs.
Hopeful without fruit there will be less pests/disease to worry about and I can cross that bridge at a later time..

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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2018, 09:38:18 PM »
Honeycrisp is an every other year tree.  Every other year will be bumper crop followed by a year with fewer apples.
Anything that is free is worth saving up for.

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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2018, 11:14:44 PM »
I read somewhere maybe here that the first few years if you nip the buds off the tree will grow bigger since it doesnít have the fruit to grow also. Or some crap along those lines Iím not a forester
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Re: 1st year apple orchard
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2018, 07:54:11 PM »
I read somewhere maybe here that the first few years if you nip the buds off the tree will grow bigger since it doesnít have the fruit to grow also. Or some crap along those lines Iím not a forester
I've never heard that about apple trees.   But I'm not a pro either.   There is a lot of stuff about how to prune young trees for them to have the proper structure for the future.   

 

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