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[nafex] Braeburn (was Re: Irish Peach Apple)
> I replaced it
>with a Braeburn, which I am also unhappy with, but for different
May I ask why you are unhappy with Braeburn?
As to the ignorance part, I can identify. When I first started
grafting, I grafted a bunch of interesting sounding, "antique" apples
that sounded good based on catalog descriptions. Of 16 varieties I
grafted on one tree only 3 were worth bothering with.
It did get me pretty good at whip & tongue grafting (although I've
kind of stalled out there in terms of grafting technique (a whine for
SE PA, zone 6
--- In nafex@y..., Don Yellman <dyellman@e...> wrote:
> I had an Irish Peach tree obtained from the old Grootendorst
> (the forerunner of Southmeadow, I believe) in 1979. It started to
> in about '84, but was not very productive and the apples were
> buggy and misshapen. I would describe the apples it produced as
> plain sour (or should I say, acidic), and I would not have
> them as "dessert" apples at all. In addition, as noted by Claude,
> a tip bearer, blossom shy, and I am not in love with those although
> seem to have quite a few of them. (This spring I have discovered
> that is NOT a tip bearer --- Shamrock --- which has blooms all over
> laterals in year four, but that's another story).
> Anyway, when I planted the Irish Peach, I knew nothing about the
> apple, (this was in the early days, when I was really, really
> about apple growing, as opposed to now when I am only really
> but when I found that it ripened shortly after Yellow Transparent
> principal applesauce producer), and was not, in my view, as good as
> in most respects, I decided to take it out. It also had extremely
> twiggy growth, and was a major pruning job every year. I replaced
> with a Braeburn, which I am also unhappy with, but for different
> As we all know, apple varieties respond in quite different ways
> different climatic conditions. And there can be quite a degree of
> variability in performance of different trees even of the same
> and rootstock. So it may be the Irish Peach would do much better
> you up there in N.H.than it did here in N. Virginia. Personally, I
> would not bother with it, since there are so many early varieties
> fill the bill for sauce and pies, such as Yellow Transparent, Summer
> Rambo, and even Astrachan or Early Cortland. It might be good for
> cider blending, except it comes way to early for the cidermaking
> operation, and as Claude observed, it only keeps for a few weeks.
> So I can't supply any scions of Irish Peach, but you might be
> talk me out of a few of Shamrock next spring, and I think those
> make you very happy if you like lots of blossoms.
> Finally, I have to confess, the only reason I planted Irish
> because my wife is of the Irish persuasion. It was not a good
> reason. BTW Gianni, did you know that the Irish invented pizza?
> Best Rgds, Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA
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