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Old 09-13-2013, 04:08 AM   #1
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Just excited to get two new, year old Anna's to start my desert orchard and wanted to share the excitement.

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Probably a good three to five years before any cider gets made from them.


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Old 09-13-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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Very cool! Probably not too many choices for growing apples in Phoenix, but if something can thrive in that climate it'll be Annas. Good luck too ya!


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Real nice. I never even thought apples could grow in Phoenix. I learn something new every day.
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If you are looking to grow them for cider, remember that you will have to cull the flowers to produce a more consistent fruit crop. Alot of homeowners fail to do this, and get the 2 year cycle.
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This seemed like a good overview of culling/pruning/training.

How to Prune Young and Bearing Apple Trees

Any thoughts regarding changes I should make to desert growing?
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That's a well written introduction to pruning. Definitely worth it to invest in a good pair of secateurs and a lopper.

I don't thin the flowers personally, but prefer to thin the fruit itself once it has set.
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Way cool! I was thinking about planting a few apple trees myself (Central AZ). Now is the time to get them in the ground.
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I've got a 2 year old golden dorsett thats doing good in phoenix. If you've got the time, you should check out the rare fruit growers. I've learnt a lot about growing fruit from them.
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I've got a 2 year old golden dorsett thats doing good in phoenix. If you've got the time, you should check out the rare fruit growers. I've learnt a lot about growing fruit from them.
Thanks for the reference! I'll check them out. I'm intending to add a golden dorsett next year. I wish you the best of luck with yours! I keep seeing the big box stores selling golden delicious here. I hope people don't buy them for the fruit out here. We'd have to have a few exceptional winters to meet their chill hours.
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Yeah, they meet at the maricopa county cooperative extension agency on the second thursday of every month. and to be honest, you dont have to wait until next year to start with your dorsett if you graft it onto your anna. another apple that grows here is sundowner. what I've heard is that the more varieties of apples you have in your cider the better the flavour. I *think* I saw that on a british documentary.


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