D. Logan wrote:I have a bit of a love for old and exceptionally rare varieties of plants, but I was wondering how the choice of cultivar affects the permie orchard, if at all. Modern varieties of fruit trees seem like they need a lot more pampering most of the time. Do you find that using certain cultivars makes a large difference? Diversity is probably the name of the game so I would expect a large number of different trees of each type. Old and new. I somewhat assume that the older varieties would do better in this sort of orchard, but I don't have the experience to back that supposition up.
Grant Peters wrote:Disease and pest and drought tolerant are qualities I need in my trees. How else would you select cultivars?
Ann Torrence wrote:Key is knowing your local pests/problems. Plum curculio is simply not an issue here, but codling moth is.
Stefan Sobkowiak wrote:
Ann I think you saw the film. The container trap we developped works REALLY well against codling moths. Catches so many that we have to refill the solution during the season since the molasses water mix gets thick with moths and then the new ones don't drown. 1:1 molasses to water in a UV stable container with 3/4 inch holes to limit the size of moths captured.
Ann Torrence wrote:
Stefan, our DVD came last week. My husband and I watched it, took notes, stopped it to discuss how to apply various advice to our arid system, and scheduled to watch it again! I missed the codling moth trap-that sounds incredible.
Can you recommend a couple pollinator cultivars to incorporate to make sure we have good coverage. I tried to get only mid-season and later, but no one really knows how different cultivars will perform here. I have Geneva, Snowdrift and Chestnut crab (1 each) in one acre, but I'd like to put something with an extended bloom time in the other parcel as well. Something good for cider is a plus.