Video of HOS trying to save Nick Botner's apples

milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)April 9, 2014

I ran across this video while searching for scion. I thought it might interest you here.

Here is a link that might be useful: Apple Detectives Try To Save Thousands Of Varieties

This post was edited by milehighgirl on Thu, Apr 10, 14 at 0:45

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Bradybb WA-Zone8

I liked that,thanks. Brady

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 2:11AM
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MrClint

The better homes and gardens crowd better steer clear of this video. There are spots on apples and less than perfect foliage. The chap has not been spraying, thinning, branch spreading, etc. I really enjoyed the video.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 8:40AM
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mrsg47(7)

Milehigh, this is a wonderful, fantastic video. It really takes us on a 'apple' wonderland walk. Oh I wish I could go and see the orchard. I now have to find the 'wintersteen' apple. Many, many thanks! Mrs. G

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 5:43PM
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bberry_gw

Glad to see him up and around. Not sure why the state of federals have not grabbed it. Price is quite reasonable. What a place for kids to grow up.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 9:01PM
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marknmt

Loved it and shared it. Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 9:10PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

That's wonderful..thanks for posting!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 9:44PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

Okay, I have to share more. I also found this page with pics. The photographer, Nick G. Botner, says, "This is my Great Uncle, Nick BotnerâÂÂs Farm out in Yoncalla, Oregon."

What a beautiful place. The NPGS should grab this place for sure. There is such a shortage of scion this year, I've noticed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Nick Botner of Oregon

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 11:30PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I think I know the secret to long life! Guy looks great for 86. Love to go walk around there in Sept/Oct... Beautiful.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 1:09AM
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Voyage034(USDA 10a Sunset 23)

Thank you for the post. It made my day! :)

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 10:15AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

He must have smuggled in a ton of scion wood?

I'd be interested in some hardy ones,..especially that red flesh he cut up from Russia!

Anybody here, or link to the society who preserves these?

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 3:29PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Nick doesn't smuggle I don't think, but anyone who did probably traded with him. He was the trader king, once you get to a certain point every collector wants at least one thing you have and will trade their unusual goodies for it.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 4:55PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

OK..then tell me, how do you trade scion wood legally from
all over the world?

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:30PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Nick's list..

Here is a link that might be useful: Nick Botner's Apples

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:35PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Just quickly looked one up on the list, I grow it.. a fairly new Canadian apple for the prairie, [Norkent]. Very missleading information, perhaps not suited for hes climate, this is a apple which can match any in the store!

And it's Canadian, not tart and astringent!

From hes list...
Norkent �" (St. Lawrence Nursery) Haralson X Rescue, Extremely hardy, Greenish-yellow under orange, red, russeting, ripens midseason, Fruit about 2 inches, firm, tart to astringent; fair for eating and cooking. Tree is small and upright. Bears at a young age.

This post was edited by konrad___far_north on Sat, Apr 12, 14 at 17:54

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:40PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

milehighgirl,
He has another Canadian Apple you wanted..Collet!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 6:01PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

Here is a link to the Home Orchard Society website.I've been to their "All About Fruit" show in Canby,Oregon in the Fall.A lot of Apples to try there.
I believe they are the ones involved in preserving the trees. Brady

Here is a link that might be useful: Home Orchard Society

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 8:27PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

Konrad,

Yes, he had Colett and quite a few others I'd like to try now.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 11:04PM
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murkwell

Thanks for sharing the link, it was fun to watch again. Nick Botner was at the Fruit Propagation Fair this year and I guess old habits die hard, because darned if he didn't take home some scions!

The organization that is trying to reproduce all of Nick's apple trees is called the Temperate Orchard Conservancy. It is distinct from the Home Orchard Society but founded by members. The two prominent "detectives" are very active in both.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 3:00AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

One thing I can't see is keeping track of 1000's of varieties of anything...i'd be lost... that in itself has to be a major undertaking. My wife is OCD, so she could handle it, but i'm whatever the opposite of OCD is... :)

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 11:49AM
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charina(6b)

I've been all over camp Adair, from corner to corner, and have never seen the old orchard the showed at the beginning. There is a lot of volunteer trees all over the camp though. Probably discarded cores from the airmen that visited that orchard decades ago. Some are pretty good eating.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 3:33PM
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