5 year old buck +
How will the Franklin do in states like Iowa or Missouri with the high temps, in an area without constant watering?
No feedback on warmer areas but I'm curious hearing how Franklin's do across multiple states and sites in the next few years. Lots of hype early and often about them at first so worth trying a few I guess. Had a couple apples on 1 of 4 trees on 4th leaf this yr on b118 but they disappeared before mid Nov so need more seasons to assess production and hang time of fruit. Trees stayed fairly clean looking. Growth nothing special on my site, but yes better than plums. If I say it grows like a plum on my land that is not a compliment.How will the Franklin do in states like Iowa or Missouri with the high temps, in an area without constant watering?
Not sure if you know or not, but Appleman is Bill MayoApplemen... as Franklin Cider is new, what cross pollinators do you recommend to go with it?
I understand it is a mid season bloom. I would like to see cold hardy (zone 4) trees that would be suitable for deer (late hanging) could also be other cider apple trees & crab apples.
I considered Honeycrisp as Bill Mayo had lots of that when he discovered FC, but have learned that HC is very high maintenance and can be unreliable.
Appreciate any input you can provide.
H20 -Biggest disappointment so far has been Cortland it seems to catch any disease that blows through.
Cortland is a cross between Macintosh and Ben Davis apples. I read somewhere a while back that any Mac varieties are VERY disease-prone. They need lots of care / spraying. Cortland is a GREAT eater though!! The more Mac genes ...... the more problems. Just the news you wanted, huh?? Sorry to be the bearer of it. I steered away from apples with much Mac genetics in them for our camp trees. We don't spray for diseases - just bugs.
Are your Droptine and 30-06 fruiting yet?? If so- how big is the fruit??
Yes they started fruiting a few years ago, Droptine is a little smaller than a quarter goes from green to yellow and hangs into February. The 30-06 is size of a quarter maybe a little bigger looks like miniature honey crisp very showy hangs into early January, both are heavy producers.
Yah, it sucks about the Cortlands they are the only ones that continually seem to struggle to survive, I’m still hoping they toughen up some as they age.