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Old 10-03-2011, 02:53 AM   #1
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I am looking for good cider apples to put in the orchard. Preferably only one or two varieties. Disease and maggot resistance is a plus. I live in western Washington if that helps.


 
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:31 AM   #2
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best bet is to research heritage apple varieties. apples aren't native to the US so you won't find trees that are meant to grow there. try contacting local orchards/ frequenting farmers markets and asking the growers what they have - especially organic growers. I find that the tart apples make the best cider

 
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:37 AM   #3
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Spring-Chicken,

If you don't find what you're looking for locally you might consider Cummins in NY:

http://www.cumminsnursery.com/cidervar.htm

 
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:19 PM   #4
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The main cider apples to plant are called bittersweets. Cultivars such as kingston black, dabinett, yarlington mill, they have tannins which give body and flavour to cider. There are US cider growers on the cider digest who may be able to give advice.

 
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:46 AM   #5
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Trees of Antiquity has a hell of a selection. Over one hundred varieties and many cider apples specifically. They will ship bare root in late winter/early spring. They are out of Paso Robles CA. Very helpful people.
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:47 AM   #6
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Thanks Greg. Are any of those good single variety apples? What about a pair to mix if not?

Boomer - holy moly! Now I just need to know which to get.

 
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:41 PM   #7
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This WSU page has some good info:
http://extension.wsu.edu/maritimefruit/Pages/Cider.aspx
yearly reports on cider apple varieties.
http://extension.wsu.edu/maritimefru...spx#ciderapple

Let me know if you want to know anything specific out of that publication as well.

There are some local orchards that sell scions but I have no idea about the process past that.

Example:
http://skagitvalleyfruit.com/products.html
http://skagitvalleyfruit.com/apples.html (lots of great varieties - even stuff like kingston black!)
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:57 PM   #8
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The website cider.org.uk has some descriptions of cider warieties, also the cider workshop. Kingston black is renowned for a single variety cider, but I don't think it is very disease resistant. Dabinett is a good all round variety, for an early harvest variety broxwood foxwhelp has a good reputation.

 
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