Intensive apple plantings What's it called

luke_oh(zone 5 NE Ohio)September 20, 2012

I visited 2 local orchards today and saw their new plantings were dwarf or simi dwarf in rows, spaced 6 or 8 feet apart, they were staked and loaded with apples. Does anyone know the name of this planting system? Looked good to me. I'd like to research so I'd appreciate any information. Thanks, Luke

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Luke that is how most new commercial orchards are laid out these days. Google high density orchard and you will find a whole slew of relevant information. It is also an excellent method for the home grower since no ladders are needed for harvesting.


    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 7:25PM
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Isn't it called the spindle system?

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 8:19PM
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luke_oh(zone 5 NE Ohio)

Thank You, I appreciate your help. Luke

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 8:48PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Slender spindle is one system like that. I suppose you could do 6ft row spacing. But even in a home orchard 8ft would probably be better.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 9:04PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

One term is the tall-spindle method. This was posted not too long ago for me.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dr. Terence Robinson at Dressel Farms

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 9:15PM
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