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Tips for long-term apple refrigeration
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davem
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October 18, 2023 - 7:58 am

If you have an extra refrigerator, this seems like solid advice for storing apples.

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John S
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October 20, 2023 - 11:20 am

I have stored fresh Gold Rush in non-refrigerated shed for more than a year.  Now it seems like we're getting so many heat units that it would be unlikely.

John S
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jafar
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October 20, 2023 - 1:33 pm

Wow John, it must have gotten up at least to 80 in that shed, right?

My Goldrush this year are small because they bore so heavily and I only thinned where I could reach.  But they are the best I've had so far.  In spite of the funny spring weather that caused summer stuff to ripen early, I think the fall stuff is doing well this year.

I'm getting main crop figs ripening to usefulness on several varieties this year.  Seems like all of the Asian pears are ripening including Korean Giant.  Leaves are still green on Goldrush and apples have lost their starchiness.

Maybe I should confirm with some more today. This is based on a sample of one.  Hopefully I'm not mixing it up with another yellow apple picked recently.

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John S
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October 22, 2023 - 7:56 pm

Yes, I'd say it did get more than 80.  But I planted a pie cherry tree in front of it and an apple tree behind it, which probably absorb some of the heat.  My Gold Rush are also small and green. Same reason.  Mine are biennial. I usually don't harvest until they become sort of yellow. I don't have an extra refrigerator.

John S
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