2nd Year Goldrush EMLA 26
Nothing special here guys just a couple pics of a 2nd year Goldrush on EMLA 26 rootstock. This tree was purchased from Boyer nursery in Biglerville, PA.
This is it's first year fruiting and I thinned about 30+ fruit minus the normal drop. I'd say there are still too many and probably I should have removed all fruit in order to focus energy on structure growth.
Why did'nt I do that? I did'nt do it because I wanted to see it produce. Fruit tree mortality has proven somewhat high here with disease pressure, deer, vole/rabbit girdling etc. I figured I'd go with the old adage "a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush". Aside from that, I liked it's growth habit and size at this point. Not only did I allow it to fruit, I hand pollinated it from Honeycrisp bloom. They both bloom at almost exactly the same time here. I also pollinated by hand my Honeycrisp from the Goldrush.
In the photos you will see CAR; of which Goldrush is susceptible. First year ever for me to see CAR in living color. I did NOT do a dormant oil spray this year and I DID NOT apply any spray before petal fall. I knew better, but time/circumstances etc did'nt allow it.
It has just rained hard and is still raining when the photo was taken.