Hello! I am here outside of Springfield, Oregon. I am wondering if anyone has resources on the types of apples I could add to my orchard, more specifically apples that are ready for harvest at different times in the year so I can have apples for as long as possible. I imagine there is a chart online somewhere that I can't find. I found one from Dave Wilson nursery but that is only for their varieties and also is from California. Thank you!
That's a good question Cassandra. I like having fresh ripe apples from late summer to early winter, if I can.
Apples of North America by Tom Burford gives a description for 192 varieties, including season of ripening. It's a fun book to read but not specific to Pacific NW.
Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen does the same for 123 varieties, again not specific to Pacific NW.
I like both books and read from them often. They review histories, flavors, growth characteristics. I have them on Kindle.
In my garden, I like Pristine and Gravenstein for August, Akane, Porter, Queen Cox for September, Liberty for late Sept, Winecrisp for October. Airlie Redflesh for mid October, and Northpole and Golden Sentinal columnars for Oct and Nov. I also had Jonared in November, and the WineCrisp stayed good through November too. Those ripening times are from 2019.
The Pristine (yellow), Liberty (red) and Winecrisp (deep red) are disease resistant. The Gravenstein, Queen Cox, Jonared, and Queen Cox are either heritage types, or sports from heritage types.
All of these have done well in my Battleground, WA garden. You will find as many opinions as there are gardeners!
Thank you so much for the recommendations! I greatly appreciate it.