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Old 11-04-2009, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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I was told that grafting has been the chief apple propagation method for generations now. The apple's genetic diversity is so varied that seed starting is subject to too much variability as to be a reliable duplication method.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I don't consider them edible but it's been so long since I tried them I can't remember why I didn't like them. I can't tell if they're intentionally planted or not. There's an identical tree across the road. They're not in the pictures. Thanks for that link. We'll know how old they are eventually. They'll come down to make room for apples we like.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Limestone
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We had an apple tree that produced yellow apples the size of softballs, some larger. They were real sweet and juicy. As far as I know they were Golden Delicious apples. Now this was in Central NY in the 60s early 70s. Don't know if they were known by a different name in different areas.
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I don't consider them edible but it's been so long since I tried them I can't remember why I didn't like them. I can't tell if they're intentionally planted or not. There's an identical tree across the road. They're not in the pictures. Thanks for that link. We'll know how old they are eventually. They'll come down to make room for apples we like.
Planting bare-root fruit trees has an inherent 5-year delay before harvest.

If your existing trees are healthy, or can be made into being healthy; then grafting would significantly reduce how long you wait until harvest.

A large existing root system, if solid can 'mine' a lot of minerals and support a big tree quickly.

I would view the old root systems as an asset.

Prune them hard, treat for fungal infections, and dormant oil spray for boring pests; then next spring go to the scion exchange and graft on better varieties.
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We had an apple tree that produced yellow apples the size of softballs, some larger. They were real sweet and juicy. As far as I know they were Golden Delicious apples. Now this was in Central NY in the 60s early 70s. Don't know if they were known by a different name in different areas.
No that is one specific variety.
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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I don't consider them edible but it's been so long since I tried them I can't remember why I didn't like them. I can't tell if they're intentionally planted or not. There's an identical tree across the road. They're not in the pictures. Thanks for that link. We'll know how old they are eventually. They'll come down to make room for apples we like.
Some pruning may help them some. They may make great cider apples even if they're not great fresh eating apples.
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Maine
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We've done some pruning. I think they're too old and twisted for grafting. I'm wondering why I didn't like them. There are still apples on the trees so I'll try one tomorrow.
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:03 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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I don't think I've ever had "real" apple cider - I see it in the grocery stores here and I've tried it here but I've never had it from a farm before. You all have made it sound so good that I can't wait until we are up in Maine all year long to try it, made on a farm. Sounds so yummy!
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: In a van, down by the river.... LOL
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We've done some pruning. I think they're too old and twisted for grafting. I'm wondering why I didn't like them. There are still apples on the trees so I'll try one tomorrow.
Save the seeds!
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Each time that DNA re-combines the end results are a roll of the dice. Maybe it will resemble it's parents, maybe not.

Potatoes, apples, brocolli / cauliflower are each like this.

If there is a variety of apple which you like. You will need to graft it.

Since Maine Writer's trees produce apples that she does not like, then the only purpose they serve is to be root systems for varieties that she does like.
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