Wednesday, February 23, 2011

San Rosé

The San Rosé apple is the latest new variety to join the midwinter pack that includes Ambrosia, Piñata, Pacific Rose, and Lady Alice.

Growers have been rolling out new varieties for limited availability this time of year, so I should not have been surprised to find something new in February. However, the pleasure was truly unexpected.

The shape of this large apple varies considerably, but it is ribbed, at least somewhat conical, and often asymmetrical, at least in this crop.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Heirloom scionwood

From time to time I am flattered by questions from readers who assume I know more than I do, especially about growing apples. (My expertise lies in the eating part of the process.)

Thanks to some other readers, who do know a thing or two, I am pleased to pass on the following sources for scionwood, also know as budwood, for older varieties.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Apples of January (2011)

Strange to say, it was in January when the poverty of the 2010 harvest really hit home.