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About this Gravenstein Apple tree

Owner: Michael

Location:  North Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada


Age: Planted in about 2006
Soil characteristics at this location: 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.
Pruning: Pruned off a few lower branches January 2016.
Age of this tree: Not sure
Tree form: Standard
Height: Taller than 15ft / 4m
Cropping: Not specified
Growth characteristics: This tree grows easily here
Herbicides: Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides: Un-treated
Main local pests: Ants, aphids.


Owner's comments

Spreading 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

Season Blossom date Picking date / Yield Size Season notes
2016 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.
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