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Old 09-12-2018, 09:38 AM
Location: equator
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I was reading recently that apples were slow to be domesticated because they will only produce edible apples through grafting. Wild apples are inedible; maybe good for just cider.

Michael Pollen's book "Botany of Desire" says Johnny was spreading seeds for cider apples so "everyone was glad to see him". Wikipedia says he was against grafting. But it also says he started nurseries.

What do you think? Was he planting edible apples, and without grafting, how?

Not that I mind the idea of hard cider!
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Old 09-12-2018, 01:21 PM
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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I'm inclined to go along with the history as written in this Smithsonian article: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-...953263/?no-ist

In a nutshell Chapman planted apples that were not fit for eating, and his religion forbade grafting. He did what he did because he was in it for the considerable personal wealth he accrued by selling land to developers.

Chapman was a clever business person whose purpose was in (a) - planting apple trees so he could own the land to develop it and then sell it, and (b) - selling the apple seeds at a high profit to land developers and homesteaders who legally must plant and develop 50 apple trees and 20 peach trees in order to keep their own land. Basically it was all done so he could make money by selling seeds and land he had developed so he could acquire yet more land and more money for himself. When Chapman died he was considered a wealthy land baron who sold land to developers and he owned over 1200 acres of developed land in orchards that he kept for himself.

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Old 09-12-2018, 01:58 PM
Location: midvalley Oregon and Eastside seattle area
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You can always graft on an existing tree.
Cider apples is a way to get vinegar and a alcohol that can be used to keep water from being a health hazard. Vinegar is also a preservative (catsup/ketchup, pickles) .
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