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Fruit Show
80 Posts
November 5, 2019 - 5:19 pm

Went to the fruit show this year. I may try grafting next year on my apple and espalier pear. So two questions. One is what would be a good graft and/or are there are grafting issues with different varietals. The other is how many of these types can be found at the scion exchange? And a third question/issue. I get powdery mildew on my apple tips, but the tree seems to be fine regardless. Would this be an issue and are there apples resistant to this?

APPLES: Older semi-dwarf Fuji or Liberty. Tree does get what looks like powerdery mildew on new growth at tips that then dies- but tree seems fine and produces many apple maggot infested apples.

Sweet 16, Erwin Baur, Arlie Red Flesh (Only red fleshed apple I ever really liked).

PEARS: My espalier pear has two vareitals I can get at stores so was thinking of replacing them with the following:

Beurre Superfin (Pear expert loved it), Abbe Fetal, Beurre Slucka, Colette, Lukkavanski, Fin de Sielle (Pretty)

MEDLAR: I was suprised to see such huge medlars. OGW doesn't have these medlars but they are much bigger than the Breda Giant- which honestly is not giant. Told the guy at the OGW stand about the medlars. Said he would check it out. They are 2-3 times the side of breda. And in the case of Medlars, size does matter because the small size of the fruit barely makes it worth it.

Dzevera Garden Gori, Norashenik

Maybe they ought to have a summer fruit show so that people could sample local peaches, cherries, plums and berries?

Vancouver SW Washington
684 Posts
November 6, 2019 - 3:01 pm

Hi jekahrs

I think the selections at the spring scion events are huge and others may come in that were at these harvest events will chime in for you more. "I think" all the fruits at the harvest event would be harvested for grafting as well.

I know so little on the apple disease question so I will only dedicate grafting varietals together. In general 99% domestic apple cultivars (malus domestica) each graft to each other nicely as do pear (pyrus communus). There are slight issues with asian sand pears (pyrus nashi) that many regular pear cultivars have certain issues having good production while using asian pear stocks for them. 

I'm curious about the other advice on the 3rd question now..

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