|Looking west from bottom of hill|
Notes placed here for later reference.
In the G.210 extension on the side hill.
North row, 13 grafted to Liberty.
Second from north, 7 Liberty on east end of row, 6 Novaspy
Third from north, 1 Sweet Sixteen at east end. 14 Novaspy.
South row, 12 Jonafree X Golden Del seedling similar to late Gala. 2 Caville Blanc D'Hiver. 3 Belle de Boskoop.
In the wildlife planting
|It rained 2" last night. The holes were filled with water.|
18 Korean Giant grafted on P. betulifolia. 2 Potomac on P. bet
11 Persimmons already planted
|The apple grafts were wrapped with paper to deter rabbits. Pear grafts are naked.|
|P. betulifolia seedling on left. Bud-118 apple rootstock on right.|
Liberty is the Toyota Camry or Glock 19 of apples for this part of Michigan. Not fussy. Documented to be as cold hardy as McIntosh, i.e. -30F. Liberty is a good "default" choice for Michigan plantings. Liberty can generate "off" flavors if it ripens when the weather is hot.
Enterprise is a disease resistant apple similar to Idared. A late ripening apple. Big. Keeps well. As productive as Liberty. Cold hardiness probably slightly better than Golden Delicious.
Novaspy generates very positive reviews in our taste tests. Sometimes has a bit of water core and would benefit from calcium sprays. Apples size well. Tree is a tip bearer and weepy. Likely to be less productive than Liberty. Cold hardiness probably slightly better than Golden Delicious.