apple trees on Mayne Island

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  1. gakey

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    We are researching suitable types of apple trees for Mayne Island. We have good soil and water and face south. It can be very hot in the summer. We want to grow eating apples, and apples for cider making. We want to grow dwarf variety trees and we want to be organic. Any suggestions?
     
  2. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hi Gakey:

    From what I am reading you can grow most any Apple variety you
    want to have. Personally, I am not fond of dwarf Apple trees. The
    quality of the Apple itself is not up to standard in sweetness, taste
    or in texture. Some varieties of Apples are naturally semi-dwarf
    in their growing characteristics and you may want to look at trees
    that are standard in size and just prune them to the height you want
    them to be. Trellised Apples tend to be no more than 12-15' high
    for easier picking and for easier overall cultural care.

    The URL below will give you some ideas as to the varieties you
    should be able to grow.

    http://www.applejournal.com/bc01.htm

    If you have not grown Apple trees before I strongly suggest you
    contact a host of sources to help you in your efforts, especially
    if you want to grow organic Apples. Luckily for you there are
    a few organic growers in the relative vicinity of where you are
    located. Just make some local contacts (in and around the B.C.
    area) and ask plenty of questions but be sure to ask around what
    nurseries others think you should look at to buy your trees from.
    There is no substitute for buying the trees we want to have and
    grow from a well regarded nursery or Fruit Tree supplier. Pay
    the money and buy quality plants as you will reap the benefits
    for the long term and no, not all Apple trees of the same variety
    are nearly the same!

    Jim
     
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    apple tree suppliers

    Thank you for your suggestions and the link. The link has been very helpful. Finding a reccommended supplier is challenging!
    thanks,
    gakey
     
  4. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hi Gakey:

    Finding a reliable supplier of quality Apple nursery
    stock could be a real challenge. I found a nearby
    source you may want to check out sometime. They
    have an extensive variety list that is worth looking
    into.

    http://www.appleluscious.com/network/scionwood.html

    Jim
     
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    apples on mayne

    thanks for the link. I have sent my self addressed envelope off to this gentleman and have contacted many of the others. this was a great site...the apple journal.
    diane
     
  6. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hi Diane:

    I realize the second link was already listed among the
    Apple Journal links but felt that it was a close enough
    source to you that you may want to contact them for
    trees. Their impressive list of Apples that they are
    growing pretty well makes a case that you can grow
    a large variety of Apples where you are. You have
    some very nice options for varieties.

    Good luck with your Apple endeavors.

    Jim
     

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