Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2 Apple tree varieties available in the SWCD spring tree sale

Best known for its remarkable keeping qualities, GoldRush will keep in regular cold storage approximately ten or eleven months.  The fruit, which ripens in late fall, is crisp and tart off the tree and develops it’s sugars in storage.  GoldRush resists oxidation when cut making a nice, yellow sauce and the fruit also bakes very well. The tree is slightly upright with a semi-spur habit, and is top rated for resistance to scab and mildew.   

Nova Spy was introduced by the Nova Scotia Research Station in Kentville. Its fruit has a sweet, pleasant flavor making it very good for fresh eating. It bakes well and makes a great cider apple too. This variety has shown good resistance to apple scab.

These trees will arrive bare root, ready to plan immediately.  They are 1/2 to 5/8 inch diameter trees, and will likely stand 4 ft+ tall when planted.  You will receive one of each variety with each packet ordered.  

Tips for fruit tree care in March:

Late winter is the best time to prune peach, nectarine and apricot trees because fall and early winter pruning may expose trees to winter injury and canker infections. The delay permits the grower to adjust the severity of pruning to the percentage of fruit buds that survived the winter. Strive to develop a bowl-shaped or open-center tree.

Plant fruit trees as soon as the ground can be worked and as soon as possible after arrival from the nursery. (Protect roots from drying out or freezing.) In backyard plantings, the sod beneath trees should be turned under and cultivated to prevent competition for moisture and nutrients. Thoroughly water trees. (Wait to fertilize until the ground has settled around the roots)

Dormant Spray prior to fruit bud swell.  Be sure to read labels carefully before applying plant pest control materials.  Apply fertilizers just before bloom to maximize plant uptake and minimize leaching.

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