• 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 [...]

Nurseries fund East Malling research

  • April 24th, 2014
The International New-Varieties Network has committed to provide more than $672,000 over the next six years to support apple and pear rootstock research at East Malling Research in Kent, England.
  • Choose the right rootstock for Honeycrisp

Choose the right rootstock for Honeycrisp

  • April 10th, 2014

The ideal rootstock for Honeycrisp is one that promotes moderate tree vigor along with good productivity, says Dr. Terence Robinson, horticulturist at Cornell University, New York.

Many growers who are using the precocious dwarfing Malling 9 or Budagovsky 9 rootstocks are having difficulty getting the trees to grow to fill [...]

  • Grafting workshop planned for early April

Grafting workshop planned for early April

  • March 26th, 2014

Washington State University is offering a tree fruit grafting class by tree fruit specialist Gary Moulton in the second week of April. The two-part, hands-on workshop, held on April 9 and 12, focuses on steps involved in grafting fruit trees.

Moulton will teach attendees different types of grafting, choosing scion [...]