Friday, May 20, 2016

OUR FIRST APPLE

We got this off our apple tree at the farm...


It's an Ein Shemer yellow blush apple...


But as you can see, it was tiny and of course, not edible, ha.  We know the first year you should sacrifice blossoms for root growth but this tree is still in it's container from the garden center.  I haven't been able to get it in the ground yet and this apple was hiding on the back side of the tree.  It's good to know though that it produced an apple while still in a container. This is one of the only varieties that will grow in our area/zone.

I don't know if it's too late to get it in the ground this season, or if I should wait until Fall.  We can certainly keep it protected and well watered through the Summer by leaving it in the container.  We actually have four trees still to put into the ground.

It's Friday, the weekend is here, busy for us (another graduation) and it's been wet, really wet here.

T. G. I. F. !!

26 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

the thrill of the first apple! i think the tree would be better in the ground than in the pot?

Anne in the kitchen said...

I am totally bummed out now. I have been nursing 2 apple trees for 4 years and have not had even a hint of fruit. I even bought 2 varieties that are supposed to cross pollinate but nothing yet.

jewlz said...

Well how exciting that find must have been! Too bad you can't preserve it, like pressing a flower between pages of a book.

Elephant's Child said...

The first of many.
Newly planted trees do best in moderate conditions (rainfall and temperature). Here in Oz that means Spring or Autumn.

Colleen said...

I would say, get your trees out of them containers and planted in the ground as soon as possible. By doing so it will grow much better, plus will have plenty of time for it to get well established before the winter months.
Always exciting when that first fruit is spotted and picked

helbergfarmstories.com said...

Watch your blossoms. If you want to put it into the ground, remove those for this year. This will allow the tree to focus on a good root system. Then watch how it grows - if branches start to cross each other (touching) trim one back or off. Next year if you get too many blossoms, pinch a few off. don't let it put all of its first years with you into trying to produce fruit. If you want it to last with you, let it develop a good strong base to start.

Casa Mariposa said...

Time to make a pie! ;o)

Ross said...

Plant asap. Is it self pollinating or do you need two?

My 2nd man is an apple eating machine(nuts, too). We really should just move to an apple/almond orchard which would save us a small fortune.

Margaret said...

Well, it certainly looked like a regular sized apple until that last photo! We had a few apples starting to grow on our newly planted Honeycrisp last year and pinched them off (boo hoo). Even though it was painful, like you said, it will be worth it in a couple of years (hopefully....!)

Texas Rose said...

Mmm, homemade apple pies from homegrown apples - in a few years!

Alison said...

Nice! Apple pie some day and baked by 2nd man. Son you are in heaven!

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Nice, I'm sure the apple when fully developed tastes sweet and amazing :-)

1st Man said...

Oh, it's only in the pot because I didn't get it in the ground last Fall and now I haven't gotten in this Spring. Sigh.

1st Man said...

Oh dang it. This is a self pollinating and low chill variety (suited for our area). I hope you have apples soon!!!

1st Man said...

Ah, dang, that would have been cool. Oh well, I'll always have the picture, ha. .

1st Man said...

From your lips.....! Yeah, I think we're supposed to plant trees in the Spring and Fall as well.

1st Man said...

You think it's ok like next month? I'll have to check and see. I can keep it in the pot until September if that's better. We'll have to see what happens. It's funny,you'd think I'd have no problem getting it in the ground with all the space we have, but I still have to find the right spot. Working on that now, ha.

1st Man said...

thank you for this advice! Awesome. Thanks again, onward to planting!! :-)

1st Man said...

Yes, apple pie! Albeit a really REALLY small one, ha!!!!

1st Man said...

This variety is self pollinating and low chill hours (for our mild winters). I'm working on an area to put them. Too funny about your other half, I understand. :-)

1st Man said...

I thought that would make for a fun photo. It does look full size but yep, it was pretty small. Honeycrisp apples? Mmmm those are some of our favorites but they won't grow here. Good luck, keep us posted!!

1st Man said...

That would be AMAZING, I can only hope!!!!

1st Man said...

Amen to THAT!!!

1st Man said...

They are supposed to taste wonderful. I can't wait (but I guess I'll have to, ha!)

Practical Parsimony said...

Fall is the time to plant trees. Trees struggle to support root and leaf/fruit growth at once. Planting in the fall gives you a better established root system, hence more growth in the spring.

1st Man said...

I've been reading that. It's fine, I can keep them safe and protected int he container until Fall. I have a plan for a mini orchard of sorts. Thanks!!