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Re: [nafex] Re: chestnut crab

I first tried Chestnut at the U of Minnesota Research farm and I will agree
that it was the best tasting apple in the place.  
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, unusual fruits, writing, consulting, more, at
http://www.hevanet.com/lonrom  See new additions to the site, Feb. 2001,
plus word on my grape book.

>From: "del stubbs" <pinewoodel@hotmail.com>
>To: nafex@yahoogroups.com
>Subject: Re: [nafex] Re: chestnut crab
>Date: Thu, Feb 22, 2001, 6:10 PM

> Golly, as a novice grafter with only a couple hundred under my belt - 
>Chestnut has been the one i could count on with 90% success on seedlings 
>(plum-leaf crab)......From what i can gather here in N. Minnesota it's the 
>most popular eating crab......
> Bergman's Nursery 40 miles west of us has tried to sponser dropping the 
>"crab apple" designation for good eating crabs like chestnut..and instead 
>calls them "LUNCH BOX APPLES".  A brilliant bit of word smithing i might say 
>to get over the prejudice that "if it's a crab, i'ts sour".....Did they 
>invent this term or is it ubiquitous and I didn't know it?
> If i can get over to a friends tree i can get you a bucket of chestnut 
>scion wood.....but i can't guarantee its disease free or such.
>     Mn. Del z2b
>>From: Lucky Pittman <Lucky.Pittman@murraystate.edu>
>>Reply-To: nafex@yahoogroups.com
>>To: nafex@yahoogroups.com
>>Subject: [nafex] Re: chestnut crab
>>Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 13:24:49 -0600
>>At 11:59 AM 02/22/2001 -0600, Donna wrote:
>> >The two crabs I have heard mentioned as good edibles, Chestnut
>> >and Caramel, are both mentioned as very disease resistant.
>>Hmm.  I tried grafting Chestnut crab two years in a row, with scions
>>purchased from two different sources, on several different rootstocks -
>>M.111, M.9, M.7, and seedlings.  Never could get a take, and I didn't
>>handle it any differently from any of the other apples, on which I got >90%
>>successful takes.
>>Lucky Pittman
>>USDA Zone 6
>>Hopkinsville, KY
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