GardenWeb Favorite Apples - Lets start a list

megamav(5a - NY)May 8, 2012

Lets start a list of dependable apples, favorites of either yourself or your customers.

I'll put together a spreadsheet and update it as we go, I'll host it on my blog here: Apple References Page

Limit is 2 votes/entries per member.

Its recommended that you vote for your customer's favorite, if applicable, and your favorite if its different.

Please use this template to fill out the information:

Scion Name:

Scion Growing Zone: Where you had/grow the apple, USDA Zone 5a, 6b, 7 etc.

Harvest Date: i.e. Early/Mid/Late September/October etc.

Flavor: (Sweet, Aromatic, Acid, Subacid, Tart)

Utility: (Cook, Eat, Cider)

Keeper: (Cold store, keeps past December?) Yes/No

Customer Favorite: Yes/No

Additional Notes:

-Eric

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glenn_russell(6b RI)

The thread below focused much on flavor but was along the same lines of what you were proposing. -Glenn

Here is a link that might be useful: Best of the Best tasting apple varieties

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 10:36PM
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megamav(5a - NY)

Hi Glenn,

Not arguing with the results of that thread at all, I think we could put something together here that could help backyard and orchard growers make better decisions about apple varieties based on a few more required criteria. Especially with an indicated USDA zone.

Apple varieties have the tendency to grow best under certain conditions. I think you'll see the cream rise to the top again, just with more information.

I know you came up with the point system, but that may be unfair to certain varieties since its such a small sample of people's opinions.

Aim here is, simply, this is what grows best where I am, and is a favorite of others with a reliability factor involved.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 10:51PM
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miketrees(WA Australia)

The zone is critical.
I was testing apple varieties imported into West Australia.

All the names of the most famous apples were being tested.

Our climate just destroyed any cold climate apples.
I had to travel to get a good appreciation of cold climate apples.

I still never found anything as good as a good Sundowner.
You could grow Sundowner a fair way south in California I imagine, use Granny Smith as a pollinator, load the Sundowner up with crop, stress it a bit with a big crop.
Crikey I miss my orchard!!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 9:15AM
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mrsg47(7)

Glenns link is excellent!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 10:04AM
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kr222(6b)

Other important characteristics to hear about would be pest and disease resistance/susceptibility.

Here is a link that might be useful: my mini orchard

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 2:06PM
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