although it appears that my peaches and plums may take a bit of work to produce well, at least one of my appletrees appears to be care free! gobs and gobs of apples and we didn't do a thing other then watch them grow! and they are wonderful eating apples too. crisp and sweet. I wish I knew what variety they were. I guess if I want more I will have to graft some branches. Iwould like another tree just like it as a back up but in reality I can't imagine anyone needing more apples than this tree is producing! my extra frig is full and the tree is still loaded!
"the qualities of these bacteria, like the heat of the sun, electricity, or the qualities of metals, are part of the storehouse of knowledge of all men. They are manifestations of the laws of nature, free to all men and reserved exclusively to none." SCOTUS, Funk Bros. Seed Co. v. Kale Inoculant Co.
I don't have any idea on the age of the tree really. the previous owners planted it sometime within the past 10 years. I am sure they just bought it locally. at least I doubt they went to the effort to order a special variety, so I am going to pay a bit more attention to what is offered locally next year and see if I can come up with a good guess as to what variety it is.
paradigm- that is a cool idea! I have heard of using a new garbage disposal placed in a frame over a bucket to make applesauce and I had been contemplating coming up with something along the lines of that!