Need pollinator for Gravenstein

rehabbingisgreenMarch 16, 2013

Oh boy I am having issue finding pollinator for gravenstein. I really don't want to have to buy two additional trees for it so is it possible to use an early self fertile tree to polinate it and does such a tree exist? I already have a candy crisp and a honey crisp that will need a pollinator so I have to add one more tree but I hate to have to add two additional for the Gravenstein. EEk too many trees then that I don't want. Love any help!

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steve_in_los_osos

McIntosh?

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 6:39PM
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rehabbingisgreen

I found maybe a Chehalis apple might be a good tree?

I'm not sure Steve I'll check out the Mcintosh, thanks :)

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 7:17PM
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Raw_Nature(5 OH)

If you don't want another tree, you could always graft a pollinator on your existing trees... Scion wood is cheap, and you have a lot of a variety!

Best of luck,
Joe

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 8:34PM
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rehabbingisgreen

I'm not sure I'm quite ready to try grafting just yet. I have been looking into a crabapple IF I could find a semi dwarf to pollinate both my Gravenstein and Honeycrisp.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 11:48AM
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Raw_Nature(5 OH)

Why waste the space for a crabapple, when you could have another productive tree? You would be surprised how easy grafting is! Whats the $5 bucks if the graft doesnt take? If there us another apple tree in you area that can be used as a pollinator, you could try grafts for free! I wouldn't waste your space my friend! There are plenty of great grafting videos or books... Who am I to tell you what to do, it is your yard.

Good luck,
Joe

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 12:44PM
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steve_in_los_osos

There are any number of apple pollination charts available on-line. The trouble is, most are somewhat regional so they don't always include the apple you're looking for.

Here are a few:

MSU
Raintree
Orange Pippin

Good luck!

(I'm pretty sure McIntosh will work since I have friends a block away with a Gravenstein and a McIntosh and both fruit.)

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 6:37PM
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