Apple Tree Selection

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Apple Tree Selection

Postby cristynicole » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:28 pm

I am looking for a fast growing full size apple tree that will produce apples quickly. I've been looking on-line about Nova Spy. I plan to plant it in a mountainous area for wildlife. Would this be a good selection or would there be a better variety of apple tree that would give me the results I am looking for?
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Re: Apple Tree Selection

Postby lorijones » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:19 pm

'Nova Spy' sounds like the perfect variety for what you want. It is quick to bear. Keep in mind that you will need to plant at least 3 different varieties that bloom at a similar time to ensure good pollination. Two other quick bearers that can be used to pollinate 'Nova Spy' are 'Goldrush' and 'Jonathan'. Liberty would be a good choice as a pollinator for Nova Spy and it is very disease resistant as well.
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Re: Apple Tree Selection

Postby cristynicole » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:44 pm

Thank you for your response. I have just planted a Nova Spy and a Goldrush apple tree on my wooded mountain land. These are standard size trees planted 25-30 ft apart. Would these two varieties be sufficient in pollinating or is it necessary to plant a third tree? My space is limited so if the third tree is necessary would a couple hundred yards be too far away?
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Re: Apple Tree Selection

Postby Appledoc » Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:03 pm

Nova Spy and Goldrush will probably pollinate each other once they start to bloom, but standard size trees will not come into bearing as quickly as more dwarfing ones would have. Also, apple trees need plenty of sunlight for good flower production. A couple hundred yards would be a little far away to count on as a pollenizer. If you find room for more trees nearby, "Enterprise' would be another later blooming disease-resistant one to consider. Also, ornamental crabapple trees commonly serve as pollenizers for edible apples, and one such as 'Bob White' produces fruit hanging into the winter for birds On a more dwarfing rootstock it wouldn't take up much space.

Good luck with the deer (and bears if you have them)!
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