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DON’T BE FOOLED BY BEAUTY


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You can’t trust beauty; we bought a beautiful Pink Lady apple tree a year or so ago purely on the grounds of beauty, and thinking it would get along well with the Golden Delicious. Maybe a nice combination for pie. It has proven to be untrustworthy in all respects.

The first year it had 2 apples and I forgave it. Last year five apples made it to the finish line. This year there were 3 and one fell off after Charlie’s leash got wrapped around the branch. I apologized to Dr. A because I was on the other end of the leash.

It’s lovely pyramidal shape has been nipped down to its buds because of fungus attacks in spite of dousing it with spray. It looks like a disappointed old crone waiting for a dance. Its apples were hard and sour and didn’t ripen until late October anyway.

So off with its head! And let that be a lesson to any other tree in the orchard.

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4 comments on “DON’T BE FOOLED BY BEAUTY

  1. Yes, trying to get to grow fruit has always evaded us as well. Back on the farm we had a complete orchard but it fed the cockatoes more than us. Some farmers resorted to having a deafening boom go off every few minutes. The birds got used to it as they did to flying kites resembling ferocious eagles.
    My dad spent a fortune on sprays and copper sulphates that made everyone in the family sick but not the fruit fly, aphis or mealy-bugs.
    He built entire scaffolding around his apple tree and used to peer into every flower to look for the enemy. All to no avail. Not a single apple…ever!

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    • I’m laughing out loud! If I could only train Charlie to watch for the silent invader. He is already occupied with protecting us from marauding squirrels and rats, he could add this to his duties. The oranges and figs give us no trouble, except the critters enjoy them as much as we do.

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  2. Apples can be touchy, I think. We have some in Texas, now, but it took a lot of science and luck to make a go of it. The first crops of Texas Fuji apples were the best I’ve ever eaten. Ever. But then, they lost all of the orchards — to cotton root rot, for heaven’s sake! Who knew?

    Now, they’re back in business, and are growing Gala, Fuji, Jonathan, Crispin, Goldina, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Anna, Dorsett Golden, and Jonagold. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

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    • They’re all good, and they keep coming up with new varieties. My husband is the great apple eater, and for some time he like Fuji the best. I think he’s switched to Gala now. My cousin writes me all the time about all the apples she puts up; sauce, pies, chunks etc. for freezer or canning. They never seem to stop. Sometime I will write about my applesauce calamity–falling off the roof.

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