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About this Ashmead's Kernel Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  SPOKANE, WA, United States


Visiting: By arrangement

Age: Planted in about
Rootstock: EMLA26
Blossom time: early May
Picking time: Mid- October
Soil characteristics at this location: Sandy, slightly acidic 
Climate at this location: Semi-arid, less than 17" precip.
Pruning: Light summer pruning.
Age of this tree: 5 - 10 years
Tree form: Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height: Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping: Light crops
Growth characteristics: This tree grows easily here
Herbicides: Organic treatments
Pesticides: Organic treatments
Main local pests: Codling moth. Ducks keep insect pressure low.


Owner's comments

This tree was planted in spring of 2007. I've stripped it of spent blossoms, in order to allow it to grow vigorously before expecting fruit. Next year (2010), I hope for a first crop. Spring of 2010 started early in March, with a cool April; last frost (27 degrees F.) May 24. Ashmead's has the longest bloom of the 3 that bloomed this year: 18 days. Only produced five apples to end of season, mostly small. Picked 9 October; Brix 15. Wonderful taste. Spring of '11 record cold and wet. Bloom of AK accelerated to make up for lost time, going from 10 % to 90 % in just two days. Only three apples. Have decided to replace with a graft of Summer Rambour put to Geneva30. That graft is doing handsomely. Removed AK from property 12 April 2012.

Season records for this tree

Season Blossom date Picking date / Yield Size Season notes
2012

Removed and gave away 12 April 2012 to larger property north of town.
2011 22 May

Every apple (3) stolen by squirrels
2010 1 May
2nd week October

Light first crop, some quite handsome; wonderful flavor.
2009

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