Apple

  1. Are My Apples Ripe?

    Are My Apples Ripe?
    In the Pacific Northwest, the earliest varieties are often ready to start picking by mid-August. If you are not sure when you should start checking the varieties in your yard for their ripeness, review our ripening order list on our website under plant care or consult the Raintree catalog. Some people like their fruit more green and tart, others more...
  2. Insect and Disease Control in August

    English: female apple maggot (Rhagoletis pomonella), image taken in Lakewood, Colorado, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the July Growing tips, I wrote about the spotted wing drosophila, a recently introduced fruit fly that has been observed along the western seaboard of the U.S. and into Canada, west of the Rocky Mountains. The female fly deposits her eggs in berries...
  3. Sam Benowitz's Top 12 Apples

    Sam Benowitz's Top 12 Apples
    Apples are an all-American success story-each of us eats more than 19 pounds of them annually.(Photo credit: Wikipedia) I've chosen the following apples because they are reliable producers for us here at Raintree Nursery and most are disease resistant.  I've added the variety Karmijn for its outstanding complex flavor even though it is not as disease resistant as the...
  4. Apple maggot and codling moth

    A bowl of gravenstein apples showing the effects of coddling moth larva. The larvae feed especially on the protein rich seeds, which explains why the core of the cut apples have been almost completely eaten away. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Monitor both apple maggot and coddling moth traps to determine when insect populations are increasing throughout the fruit development season...
  5. It's Cider Making Time!

    It's Cider Making Time!
    Apples are an all-American success story-each of us eats more than 19 pounds of them annually. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Here at Raintree Nursery we enjoy making apple cider each October. We use a Cider Press to extract the juice from the apples, ours is made by Correll. They are hand made and do have a waiting list. www.correllciderpresses.com Often...
  6. Fruit Storage: Apple and Pear Varieties That Keep Well

    Fruit Storage: Apple and Pear Varieties That Keep Well
    English: A "Belle de Boskoop" apple. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Check stored fruit for rot, discard or use any fruits with bad spots. Many fruits will still be in excellent shape. Apples Belle de Boskoop, Karmijn de Sonneville, Enterprise, King Edward VII and Melrose apples all have a long storage life. Pears Comice, Bosc, Highland and Conference European pears, and...
  7. Keeping Insects at Bay

    Keeping Insects at Bay
    A bowl of gravenstein apples showing the effects of codling moth larva. The larvae feed especially on the protein rich seeds, which explains why the core of the cut apples have been almost completely eaten away. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Keep those fallen fruits cleaned up. In apple maggot and codling moth infested areas, collect and destroy any unused fallen...
  8. Visit Raintree for a Cider Making Day on Saturday, Oct. 27

    Visit Raintree for a Cider Making Day on Saturday, Oct. 27
    English: Drawing of Jonathan Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This year we have had a wonderful apple harvest. We have made loads of delicious apple sauce and apple butter but the event everyone looks forward to the most is our Cider Making Day. If you enjoy drinking “hard” or alcoholic ciders, Raintree offers a unique collection of...

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