Sunday, August 24, 2014
Cross Pollinating Apples
I always knew from reading that Apples needed cross pollinating trees to fruit out properly but it wasn't anything I ever really played around with because we had four large Apple trees that had been here longer than anyone could remember. Even some an old Local 70 year old I talk to occasionally who grew up in this house said they were big when he was a kid.
We always had Apples and they were always pretty much the same. They looked like the small yellow ones with light red streaks you see in the picture above. Some more yellow or greenish than red some less, some would be red on one side but less so on the other. I kinda thought they were some type of Breabern because they always had that look to em but they were never more than palm sized at best.
Then we steadily started losing trees. We lost one in 2010, one in 2011 and then the third one, and biggest best producing, in 2012 during the drought. We got no Apples in 2012 and although I planted some new trees around that year so we have twice as many now as we did, we got no Apples last year either.
This year however the last remaining old tree is heavy once again with Apples. The thing is we are seeing a brand new type with much less red and more greenish yellow....
And they are HUGE.
I mean twice to three times the size of anything I have ever seen that tree produce in 30 years of being around this property.
While I always believed what the experts said about needing cross pollinator trees for Apples I never knew the type of Apple you would get would also change depending on what type you had cross pollinating the other. I mean I figured it would make a difference in the seeds but thought it would play out like say two different types of Watermelon. It would pollinate but not show a cross until the cross pollinated seeds develop fruit themselves.
I guess with Apples it shows up in the fruit as well although I have never seen any thing I read about it stating it would specifically. I read plenty that said different cross pollinating schemes would produce more Apples but never different types.
Or maybe I am wrong and it is simply something different about the climate or who knows what? All I know is that ancient old tree is producing Apples that I have never seen before after years of picking and mowing over them.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!