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    Any apple growers out there?

    This will have a ton of pics, so if you can bear with you I am going to post links rather than trying to recreate this:

    This condenses down the last 5 years.

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    I'm going to look at this in the morning since I am on my dumb phone right now. I am wanting to put in some apple trees, do I am interested in the best place to get them.

    Particularly interested in Melrose apples and would like dwarf or semi-dwarf.

    THANK YOU for starting this thread.

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    I made it through the first link, so far. Thanks for posting. I had no idea apples were grown this way.
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    This is pretty cool stuff! I'd seen something on TV (probably PBS) about using the "espalier method" to plant trees. Their focus was more on making the tree more ornamental for a garden, but they stressed that they could still grow fruit. It looks like the "spindle method" in the video you linked to in your first thread is similar, but on a huge production scale.

    You mentioned in one of your threads that there were issues with HoneyCrisp apples that made them not suitable for home growers. Can you elaborate on this?

    Do you have any good links for where to order trees? I actually have a "Dealer for Nursery Stock" license from the State of Ohio, so I should be able to order from commercial/wholesale sources. But, I'm not needing/wanting the quantities that you're doing. Not even close! Maybe a dozen or so altogether.

    I've got a bunch more questions, but I want to watch the video and read the threads you posted.

    By the way, what do you do with all those apples?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    I'm going to look at this in the morning since I am on my dumb phone right now. I am wanting to put in some apple trees, do I am interested in the best place to get them.

    Particularly interested in Melrose apples and would like dwarf or semi-dwarf.

    THANK YOU for starting this thread.

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    The first step in establishing an orchard is planning and deciding what you want to accomplish. You need to know the size of what you plan to grow before you can establish spacing. Keep in mind there are about a dozen different roostocks to choose and these determine the growing characteristics of the tree.

    I deal with Adams County Nursery but keep in mind this is a commercial outfit and good price breaks start at 100 trees and you need to order 1-2 years out for orders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    I made it through the first link, so far. Thanks for posting. I had no idea apples were grown this way.

    This is THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE. Orchards across the nation are being converted to this type of high density growing. High labor costs are the driving force.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    This is pretty cool stuff! I'd seen something on TV (probably PBS) about using the "espalier method" to plant trees. Their focus was more on making the tree more ornamental for a garden, but they stressed that they could still grow fruit. It looks like the "spindle method" in the video you linked to in your first thread is similar, but on a huge production scale.

    You mentioned in one of your threads that there were issues with HoneyCrisp apples that made them not suitable for home growers. Can you elaborate on this?

    Do you have any good links for where to order trees? I actually have a "Dealer for Nursery Stock" license from the State of Ohio, so I should be able to order from commercial/wholesale sources. But, I'm not needing/wanting the quantities that you're doing. Not even close! Maybe a dozen or so altogether.

    I've got a bunch more questions, but I want to watch the video and read the threads you posted.

    By the way, what do you do with all those apples?
    I will answer below:

    1. Honeycrisp has a natural tendency to develop a condition called "bitter pit". It has to do with the translocation of calcium through the tissue of the apple. In a nutshell you can grow a perfect apple and it will spoil as soon as it is picked.
    Read this:
    Reducing the risk of bitter pit in Honeycrisp apples - Fruit Growers News

    2. I deal with Adams County Nursery and they have great prices, $6.75-9.50/tree, but price breaks start at orders of at least 100 and you need to order 1-2 years into the future.

    3. I have grown apples since 1991 and started with standard sized trees that got WAY TOO BIG. As I get older scampering around on high ladders is for the birds. I have an e mail list of customers that have bought apples for many years. I am now in discussion with two apple stands and a commercial packing house with future harvests. But that will require refrigeration and a wash line.

    If you are truyly interested, PM me and I will give you my phone #.
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    Interesting stuff.
    I'm going to have to spend more time watching the video.
    I just planted a smaller orchard with about 25 trees last year. I didn't spend anytime researching it, just bought a bunch of barefoot varieties from a local nursery and planted them at about 20' spacing. I thought I was "out of room". I planted mostly Honeycrisp and Braeburn.
    Thanks for posting this!
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    Forgot to ask, what breed of dog is "Yatt"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reprod View Post
    Interesting stuff.
    I'm going to have to spend more time watching the video.
    I just planted a smaller orchard with about 25 trees last year. I didn't spend anytime researching it, just bought a bunch of barefoot varieties from a local nursery and planted them at about 20' spacing. I thought I was "out of room". I planted mostly Honeycrisp and Braeburn.
    Thanks for posting this!

    Hard to say on the spacing without knowing what rootstock the trees are on. 20' would be good for M-7 but not for M-111.



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    Forgot to ask, what breed of dog is "Yatt"? Thanks.

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