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Granny Smith Apple tree

Owner: John

Location:  Komagane-Shi,, NAGANO-KEN, Japan

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:M9 Interstock
Soil:Poor soil. Low in organic material. High in minerals (iron). Neutral PH. 
Climate at this location:Very cold winters and semi-tropical, humid summers.
Pruning:Not yet (seedlings)
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Not specified
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Shinkui-mushi (applecore grubs), hairy caterpillar, deer, birds.

Owner's comments

These seedlings are our own grafts of some locally sourced branches onto M9 interstock. They were grafted in the early spring of 2010 and moved from the nursery into our orchard in early 2011. The odd branches which we grafted onto other, mature trees have shot away (growing approximately 1 metre in the first year and another 2 metres in the second). The main bulk of the grafts (on the M9 interstock) are healthy, but with very much more restricted growth (as expected on that rootstock) and they are currently 1.5 metres tall after 2 growing seasons. We are hoping to see our first fruit from them this summer (2012) and a more substantial harvest in 2013.

Season records for this tree

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009

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