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Etter's Alaska apple tree
anyone growing it?
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Dannytoro1
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November 17, 2023 - 1:41 pm

I decided to add a few really not common cultivars to my next planting. Other then what Greenmantle says,and a short description at Maple Valley; not a lot is said about it's flavor. I like the idea it is an Etter. I have Crimson Gold, Rubiyait, Wickson as well as Etter Gold already on the list. 

I'm wondering if it is a lot like Etter's Gold. Anyone growing Alaska?

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John S
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November 17, 2023 - 4:24 pm

I'm growing Wickson, and I love it, but not Alaska.

John S

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Dannytoro1
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November 17, 2023 - 5:41 pm

So far my definites are:

Apples:

Myers Royal Limbertwig

Twenty once

Waltana

Hanner's{Best}

Hudson Golden Gem

Fallawater

Drap'Or

Etter's Gold

 

Crabs are:

Wickson

Rubiyait

Chestnut

Crimson Gold

Brandywine {wife demand it!!!)

 

The swirling knife fight for the last few spots are:

 

Alaska

Brushy Mtn. Limbertwig

Red Royal Limbertwig

Knobbed Russet

D'arcy Spice

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GH
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November 20, 2023 - 2:15 am

Etter was an amazing person; it's a shame that when he died, he was almost penniless.  People like Etter should be paid millions and have the recognition that they deserve, while they're still living.  We don't seem to appreciate those who make the world a better place.

I've had an Etter Pink Pearl apple tree for about 10 years.  It's a sweet tree, and I'm very fond of it.  It has beautiful dark pink blossoms and light(ish) pink to medium pink flesh.  A huge negative is that it's fairly susceptible to scab, although that's typically only a minor issue in my orchard.  It makes a lovely pink applesauce.

If you do plant the Alaska, please let us know how it grows for you.  

As far as I can remember, I've never had the pleasure of tasting a Limbertwig.  Quite a few of them have excellent disease resistance.  They've been on my wish list for a few years, but I need to curb my apple tree addiction for now, as painful as that is to acknowledge.  

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Dannytoro1
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November 20, 2023 - 5:32 pm

I agree. The world was lucky to have Etter and other Apple addicted tinker'ers.

Got to spend most of today researching my possible apple cultivar victims.

My wife runs an estate sale company; and periodically we get farms/hobby farms. Spent yesterday making cuttings on some fig and grape plantings on the latest customer's place. Then surprisingly got a request to root some wild Fox grapes for someone. They grow like weeds here and we forget they are disappearing elsewhere to development. So I collected up those too.

Found a few of my apple picks have certain issues that dull their desirability some. High maintenance/ disease susceptible or not good croppers mostly. Or too many harvesting at the same time.

I'm just so happy good folks make the information available for dummies like me...lol

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Dannytoro1
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November 22, 2023 - 4:14 am

Well Darn. I found a bit more info from AppleLucious up in B.C:

"A seedling of Bedfordshire Foundling, a handsome, white-skinned, whitefleshed cultivar created by Albert Etter. The tree is vigorous, impressive,
healthy and productive. The fruit is medium to large and ripens late. This multipurpose apple has fine dessert and cooking qualities. Spur bearing traits."

I suspected it was a fine exemplar of health and production. I was hoping it was large to very large. But much like the Limbertwig Clan; size is variable.

AppleLucious sells their scionwood at a welcome economical price. But based on shipping stuff to my relatives up in Labrador, Newfoundland; the Canada Post cost would probably eat you alive.

A very neat orchard place if you like red/pink apples and crabs though. They have a lot of them.

 

Here is the web address of the catalog they are still currently using: 

https://appleluscious.com/wp-c.....1-BEST.pdf

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