Gravenstein Apple tree
Location: North Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada
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|Planted in about 2006
|Age of this tree:
|Not local but standard (poor) quality fill brought in to build up yard. However remove rocks and add compost often.
|Climate at this location:
|Temperate - within 100 metres of ocean.
|Pruned off a few lower branches January 2016.
|Taller than 15ft / 4m
|This tree grows easily here
|Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Owner's commentsSpreading wood ash near base of tree has improved the overall health of my two Gravensteins substantially. In addition, I direct bury kitchen scraps throughout the area and this has also enriched the soil. Ladybugs thrive on the aphids and the other diseases don't seem to take over the leaves like it used to before I used the wood ash.
Season records for this tree
2016Spring blossom: 17 April
Best yield so far owing to another apple tree, planted within 5m, being in fill blossom for the first time since being planted from seed the Spring of 2010. There are perhaps far too many apples as many branches are drooping badly and have to be supported with long bamboo poles.