Re: Source for trees?
Great video and information, c5rulz. I’m thinking along the lines of Obscured-by-Clouds as far as quantities (if I do any of this).
The first decision is are they going to be cared for, i.e. sprayed on an very regular basis. Thus you have two decisions:
1. Regular varieties that require intensive management
2. Scab free varieties that require virtually no care
I can attest to making a poor decision when I planted a few trees years back. I did not spray: they all succumbed to one disease, infestation, or another. I thought it would be fun to grow apricots, apples, and peaches... none survived.
There is a local pick-your-own orchard nearby that uses the ‘new’ method of 3’ oc by 12’ rows: I thought it looked pretty odd when we went, but I see the logic now. I always imagine of the type of orchard Donald Duck grew in Apple Core (minus the chipmunks).
Guys it is now like I was bestowed with wisdom on apple growing. I've made all the mistakes already. I started with apples in 1991 and I too started with an "end of the season deal" at a big box store. I talked to the Mgr. when they had 50% off. Told him I would take all the apple trees with a 75% discount. I got them and put them in. One of the varieties, I never used a single Yellow Delicious as they were a crap soft apple. The trees got HUGE and were very difficult to prune and it took 2 -2.5 hours per tree in the Spring. Fell off a 10' orchard ladder when the frost was going out of the ground. Eventually pulled them out with an excavator and did it right.
Growing high quality apples is a matter of scale, it is not harder to take care of a bunch compared to a few.
This morning by 11am I have orders for 6 bushels of Cortland and 2 of Honeycrisp. So I have to get to walking the dogs.
For most people and trust me on this, BUY SCAB FREE TREES THAT REQUIRE LITTLE MAINTENANCE AND PLAN BEFORE YOU JUST START BUYING TREES.
If you don't, 15 years from now you will wonder how you are going to deal with an apple tree that is 30' tall that you can't prune, pick or spray due to the size. The apples won't color due to shade and you will wonder "what went wrong". Been there done that guys.
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