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Idiot proof apple and pear trees for mid Maine

 
Larry Bock
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I am looking for some suggestions for idiot proof apple and pear trees to start in buckets for the next year. I do have access to commercial green houses for a year or a year and a half.....The zone is about Bangor Maine latitude   any other suggestion for this climate would be welcome....Larry
 
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Honey crisp, Candy crisp, Ben Davis, Fuji, Orange Pippin and Golden Delicious are all apples that are going to do well without a lot of work.

Most pear trees grow best in zones 5-8 these include Anjou, Bartlett, Moon glow, and other European and Asian varieties.
 
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I just started reading up on apple trees how many years before you start seeing apples in the species mentioned above...Larry
 
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how many years before you start seeing apples...

That is dependent upon the root stock they are grown on, not the species itself.

Generally speaking, dwarf & semi-dwarf root stock trees are more promiscuous (will produce earlier) than larger root stocks (but the trees won't endure as long).

 
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Fedco Seeds is not to far from you.  They just opened up there tree catalog and that would give you a good idea what will grow where you are. 

http://www.fedcoseeds.com/trees/
 
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Grafted trees will fruit within 2 years as a norm, this goes for dwarfs and full sized trees purchased from a nursery since they usually don't sell trees that are not at least 7 years old for the standard trees.

If you grow a fruit tree from seed it will be 7 years before you should expect any fruit and usually at year 8 they start producing more fruit each year.
All fruit trees will go through a fruit drop unless all conditions are perfect for the tree to be able to set and ripen all the fruit.
 
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i have lodi, honey crisp and yellow transparent i got from lowes at $17 a piece last spring. cant beat the price!  they were 5-6ft tall and i got a few apples on each this fall . the lodi and y. transparent  make great applesauce and pies and are super cold hardy early july producers. the honey crisp is latter and can be used as a multi purpose apple. cortland and macintosh grow well down your way also. I'm on the line between zones 3b/ 4a so I'm chicken to try pears up here but they possibly could make it. don't like to have to mother them to produce.  they also had some zone 4 pears trees for the same price at lowes as well.
 
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I find apples much easier than pears and I get more per tree . We have a lot of very old pear trees but the quality of pears is poor due to decades of neglect plus they seem to have every known ailment under the sun - bitter pit , silver leaf , rusts it's a long list . In the future I will stick to apples

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...i have lodi, honey crisp and yellow transparent i got from lowes at $17 a piece last spring. cant beat the price!  they were 5-6ft tall and i got a few apples on each this fall . the lodi and y. transparent  make great applesauce and pies and are super cold hardy early july producers. the honey crisp is latter and...

I'm curious what your last/first frost dates are.
It is nice to have both early/late varieties.

 
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