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Need pollinator for Gravenstein

Posted by rehabbingisgreen zone 5 (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 16, 13 at 17:19

Oh boy I am having issue finding pollinator for gravenstein. I really don't want to have to buy two additional trees for it so is it possible to use an early self fertile tree to polinate it and does such a tree exist? I already have a candy crisp and a honey crisp that will need a pollinator so I have to add one more tree but I hate to have to add two additional for the Gravenstein. EEk too many trees then that I don't want. Love any help!


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RE: Need pollinator for Gravenstein

McIntosh?


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RE: Need pollinator for Gravenstein

I found maybe a Chehalis apple might be a good tree?

I'm not sure Steve I'll check out the Mcintosh, thanks :)


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RE: Need pollinator for Gravenstein

If you don't want another tree, you could always graft a pollinator on your existing trees... Scion wood is cheap, and you have a lot of a variety!

Best of luck,
Joe


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I'm not sure I'm quite ready to try grafting just yet. I have been looking into a crabapple IF I could find a semi dwarf to pollinate both my Gravenstein and Honeycrisp.


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RE: Need pollinator for Gravenstein

Why waste the space for a crabapple, when you could have another productive tree? You would be surprised how easy grafting is! Whats the $5 bucks if the graft doesnt take? If there us another apple tree in you area that can be used as a pollinator, you could try grafts for free! I wouldn't waste your space my friend! There are plenty of great grafting videos or books... Who am I to tell you what to do, it is your yard.

Good luck,
Joe


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RE: Need pollinator for Gravenstein

There are any number of apple pollination charts available on-line. The trouble is, most are somewhat regional so they don't always include the apple you're looking for.

Here are a few:

MSU
Raintree
Orange Pippin

Good luck!

(I'm pretty sure McIntosh will work since I have friends a block away with a Gravenstein and a McIntosh and both fruit.)


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