• Good, better, best? The quest for better apple rootstocks

Good, better, best? The quest for better apple rootstocks

  • June 18th, 2014

There is likely not a “best” apple rootstock, though the replant-tolerant Geneva rootstocks (G.41, G.214, G.935, G.210, G.30, G.890) are much better than the available standards of Budagovksy 9, Mark, Malling 9 clones, M.26 and the semidwarf rootstocks.

In replant situations, it is common to have lack of vigor contributing [...]

  • California nursery sales brisk

California nursery sales brisk

  • May 29th, 2014

California tree fruit nurseries are as busy as ever. For apple tree sales, there seems to be no slowdown in the buying boom yet, though cherry sales are stabilizing. Acreage downsizing has occurred in the soft fruit industry, which some believe will better position growers in the near future.

“It’s [...]

  • I’m Cosmic Crisp, says apple formerly known as WA 38

I’m Cosmic Crisp, says apple formerly known as WA 38

  • May 21st, 2014

 

Clarification appended.

The much anticipated WA 38 apple variety will go by the brand name Cosmic Crisp, Washington State University announced today.

The university also unveiled a new web page for the variety.

The name derives from little spots that look like starbursts, said Carolyn Ross, associate professor in the WSU School [...]

  • Club apples are in demand

Club apples are in demand

  • May 19th, 2014

Twenty years ago, Red Delicious apple production peaked in Washington at more than 60 million packed boxes. Just three varieties—Red and Golden Delicious and Granny Smith—accounted for 90 percent of the total crop.

Since then, Washington’s apple crop has doubled, Red Delicious production has halved, and more than 24 apple [...]

  • Beyond Honeycrisp

Beyond Honeycrisp

A number of new varieties that are coming to market are being touted as being better than Honeycrisp.

Pazazz, a variety developed by Doug Shelfelbine in his private breeding program in Wisconsin, originated from an open-pollinated Honeycrisp, according to Fred Wescott, who is commercializing the variety.

The striped red apple was [...]