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Golden Russet Apple tree

Owner: Mike

Location:  Grattan Township, MICHIGAN/KENT, United States

Age:Planted in about 2005
Age of this tree:15 years
Soil:clay with sand 
Climate at this location:Lake-modified continental
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Taller than 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Chemical treatments
Pesticides:Chemical treatments

Owner's comments

This is the most vigorous growing tree in my orchard. I have had a lot of pest problems with the fruit, but the tree is otherwise very healthy from what I can observe. Very robust growth every year. Very few leaf problems. It has cropped heavily, but much of this is due to difficulty in thinning. As a result, the fruit has been small in size. The tree has gotten somewhat out of control and thus difficult to thin. In winter 2014 I will be in the second year of a two or three year plan to get the size and density back in control.

Season records for this tree

  • 2016

    Plum fruit moth: Mild attack
    2016 was the first year I was able to start applying proper sprays to my orchard, but too late to prevent scaring my plum curculio. My Russets had a lot of bumps from early bites.
  • 2015

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  • 2009


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