My last tree... Ashmead's Kernel or Newtown Pippin?
So, I've got some rootsuckers coming up 15 feet away from my frankencrab and I have been contemplating which variety to graft to it.
Initially I was set on Newtown Pippin, but today it dawned on me that my growing season might not be long enough to get a high quality crop yearly. So I started searching and was contemplating many different varieties, some of which I've never eaten before which is dangerous.
St. Edmund's Russet
So, I kept combing thru books and I finally caved into the thought of having Ashmead's Kernel in the ring of consideration.
So, Im looking for the opinions of those who are growing both of have grown both in the past.
Im interested to hear about tree vigor, disease issues (fireblight, bitter pit), harvest dates, any general advice.
This tree would be grafted in the sunniest spot in my yard, the only reason im doing this is because the rootsuckers are attached to an old and vigorous tree. So vigorous, that my Belle de Boskoop graft that didnt start leafing until mid May has put on 5 feet of growth. I think I could have a fully grown tree pretty quick and possibly avoid the slow start Ashmeads and Newtown Pippin often have..
I have some concerns about my season and harvesting too late.
I'll make it short here, we get our first 25 degree freeze on average very close to November 1st. 50% of the time its the week or so before, 50% of the time its within the 2 weeks after.
Samascott Orchards here grows both of these about an hour south of me. Ashmeads is usually picking around early to mid October and Newtown Pippin is usually picked after the farm is closed for pick your own, usually in November.
I get significantly less sun in my yard once Septermber rolls around due to a pair of white pines in my south side neighbor's yard. So im thinking the Newtown Pippin may not ripen enough with that much shade. It would get about 9-12:30PM sun then 1:30PM to 4PM sun AT MOST after September starts. Previous to September its 8-4:30 sun, uninterrupted.
Im a newbie to apple crops, and im wondering what kind of effect the Sun has on ripening if its diminished in intensity and quantity for that long of a period of time before maturity.
Should I stick to Ashmead's Kernel because it ripens faster or go for the winter apple in Newtown PIppin and risk a hard frozen apple crop hanging on the tree?
Both are great apples in their own right.
Anything can be regrafted, but getting it right from the get-go would be nice.
What would you do? the M7 stock is growing...