First apples this year!

We’re going to get apples this year! Well, four, to be exact, unless some of them drop. But they’re looking pretty good – three on the Roxbury Russet and one on the Yarlington Mill, which are two of my favorite varieties, so hopefully it’s a fortuitous start. We’ve had the oldest trees for a bit over three years now, and they’re not supposed to really start producing until 5 or 6 years, so it’s great that they’re getting started. By the books we’re probably supposed to pick them off for another year or two, but these are sturdy seedling trees that are way taller than I am by now, and they seem to know what they are doing, so I’ll let them go. If we had planted dwarf trees they would probably already be producing by now, but between the fine selection at Fedco and a bias toward the long-term view, we’ve decided to plant the slower-maturing standard rootstocks. If things go according to plan, we’ll be swimming in apples and cider a few years from now.

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One Response to “First apples this year!”

  1. sharon Says:

    Yippee! Congratulations on the first fruit. I’m looking forward to the days of swimming in apples to sample some myself!

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