Apple Field Terms - Sheltered & Warm wall?
Just out of curiosity, I'm wondering what one of the recommendations for field position of my Orleans Reinette means. I've seen this characteristic more than once in books and on the internet for this variety.
Sheltered & Warm Wall?
I put the tree near a southward facing wall with light paint color and it will get warmer in that area than other spots in my yard. Its a cutout, and will get good airflow still. This area will get pretty warm and stay pretty warm until about sunset, the material is T-111 wood and retains heat pretty well.
But why? Is there a certain characteristic about an apple tree that would make it prefer that? What are the effects of longer heat exposure on an apple? Will it ripen faster?
I get "upright growing habit", "tendency for early drop" and all of those terms, but "Sheltered & Warm wall" I dont quite understand what it is, but I gave it what it wants, even at a slight sacrifice of about 45 minutes of sun per day.