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Gravenstein Apple tree

Owner: Mark

Location:  Cape Neddick, MAINE, United States

Age:Planted in about 2010
Age of this tree:12 years
Soil:rocky clay, slightly improved by cover crops 
Pruning:almost no pruning, though it is a filler so i'm relaxed about form. no training necessary.
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:borers, voles, deer, plum curculio

Owner's comments

This rootstock/scion is an absolute champ in our soil and climate. Bears heavily every year. Large, excellent quality fruit, terrific flavor. I spray sulfur for scab and Surround for pc, fruit is super clean at harvest, almost no summer disease or other pest damage. Several years ago I found a borer destroyed ~1/3 of the cambium at the base, tree continuesd bearing without complaint.

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

  • 2013

    Harvest: 1st week September  9kg / 20lbs
    Size: 2.5m / 8.3ft high   1.5m / 5.0ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
    Plum fruit moth: Not present
    Silverleaf: Not present
    fruit was picked over three weeks, starting the beginning of Sept.
  • 2012

    Size: 2.0m / 6.7ft high   1.5m / 5.0ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
    Plum fruit moth: Not present
    Silverleaf: Not present
  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009


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