The Best Apples to Buy and Grow
Best Apples to Buy and Grow is one of those small,
beautifully illustrated books that clearly can't find room within its
pages to tell the reader everything. But, in this case at least,
it does a great job providing depth in its niche --- helping readers
choose from among the 1,513 apple varieties currently available
commercially in the U.S.
The other half of the
book consists of basic information you could find in many other
sources, but some tidbits did stand out. Several apple varieties
tend to lose points among modern growers for a tendency toward biennial
bearing (having a huge crop one year then taking the second year off),
but the authors point out that this can be a good pest resistance
strategy. The grafting section also included some simple good
advice --- cut scionwood in January or February, graft in February or
March, and set out the new trees after the last freeze. (I'll be
marking my calendar for this winter's experiments.)
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