Diane Kistner wrote:I was just looking at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia apple tree varieties (some of which are part of the Georgia Heirloom Apple Collection):
What's surprising to me is that most of these are not mentioned the UGA extension discussion of apples for the home garden:
Does this mean these varieties are not suitable for an urban food forest environment?
If anyone has any experience with any of these varieties, please let me know. I want to buy one or two apple trees this year for use mainly to have a pectin source, to dehydrate, to make cider, and for applesauce. It's very humid here and a roller coaster between too wet and too dry, and I know apples can be a real pain to deal with. I want one that will involve the least pain!
Cristo Balete wrote:I thought heirloom apples would be great, but the ones I tried were fussy, inconsistent from year to year, tended to have scab, and seemed more vulnerable to critters. So lists are good for research, but maybe the best way to tell is go around locally in late summer, see which old trees -- which could be heirloom, or at least vintage -- are healthy and produce well, either get cuttings from them or find out if the owners know what they are. Take a magnifying glass with you and really look at the leaves, and whatever damage they have on them, closely.
It is good to plant some newer, reliable fruit trees so you can be pretty sure that after 5-6 years they will produce well and be as disease free as possible. They will keep your spirits up when the other trees are looking iffy.
Try to stay skeptical about heirlooms, because if you commit to an apple tree it could be 5-6 years before it produces, and if it doesn't work out, you've lost a lot of time.