|Hope springs eternal. Maybe this time we will get some rain.|
|Another apple tree that does not look healthy. The stem on the right is dead.|
I think the claims originated with the breeders who were concerned that folks would look at the pedigree with Cox Orange Pippin and Starking (Red Delicious) as recent parents. WineCrisp is a late apple and late apples tend to be less hardy than early apples. When combined with the fact that the pedigree looks similar to Gala's (an apple with marginal hardiness across much of the mid-West) but in a much later apple, I think the breeders felt compelled to add a note about this apple "the tree appears to be cold-hardy for winter temperatures in Illinois and Indiana."
|Record low for Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin is -45 F.|
Thus you end up with nurseries in places like Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin selling WineCrisp based on on the original claim that morphing into "WineCrisp is a hardy" apple. Caveat emptor.
Incidentally, HoneyCrisp IS a hardy apple, capable of handling -35 F when well grown and the fruit load is managed.
|Hmmm. This corner needs a little bit of work.|
|The hose will kink when it gets warm (soft). Application of water pressure does not always straighten it out. This needs some hardware to fix. The compression sleeves are a one-time deal.|
I was mowing in the serious orchard today. I saw two young robins. One was running along the ground like a chipmunk. The other one was in the stock tank and paddling like heck to stay afloat. I put him on top of a live trap in the sun to warm up and dry out.