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Identification of a vintage apple
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Gloria Reel    Posted 07-04-2003 at 08:59:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have returned to the "homeplace" of my grandparents. On the farm are apple trees [my mother says are very, very old]. They have produced an apple which is "small", white flesh, the peeling is red and pale yellow [almost a white] stripe, mottled type skin. The taste is semi-sweet. Is there anyone who might have ideas as to the "variety"? ALso, I have now peeled approx. 1/2 bushel and preparing applesause [a favorite dish at our home] ... I have the seeds and peelings ... Since I am "new" at this endeavor, could I start some trees for the next generation? If so, are there best ways to do that? Otherwise, seeds in dirt with some water?
Thanks in advance! Gloria

By the way, Gloria    Posted 07-04-2003 at 14:13:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've heard of the Virginia Reel, the Pavilion Reel, the Montreal Reel, the Woodchopper's Reel and many others, but I have never heard of the Gloria Reel ";^)

Les...fortunate    Posted 07-04-2003 at 13:57:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you want to perpetuate this tree, don't bother with saving seeds. They almost certainly will NOT have the same apples as the "mother" tree.
Get somebody to graft some scions from the mother tree onto another tree, preferably a young one. If you aren't more than 2000 miles from me, I'll come do it myself for a small fee. ";^)
Do a search for "cleft grafting". That is what I do, grafting the desired scions to a wild tree.

DL    Posted 07-04-2003 at 09:56:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There are so many apple varieties and it's hard to say what it is. You can certainly propagate those trees by grafting. Contact an expert on how to find a root stock and etc. It's usualy done in late winter. If you plant seeds, it will be like a box of chocolate. You never know what you will get. Most tree or vine fruit seeds don't come true.

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