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Surprise Apple Variety

Posted by nc_orchard 7a (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 13, 12 at 15:50

I was excited this year to get some apples on my Fuji tree for the first time. Come end of September when I expected them to be ready for harvest, they were still completely green. No red color whatsoever. Many were covered in Sooty Blotch and Fly Spec and I thought that could be causing the failure to color properly, but I had some that I put in ziplocs that showed minimal Sooty Blotch and Fly Spec, but they were still green too. I left the apples on the tree thinking they were not ripe yet, but first of October they started to drop. I picked them all, and they seemed to taste OK. Not sure if they tasted like a Fuji.

Do I not have a Fuji tree, or is there another potential reason for the apples not coloring up? Would it have anything to do with this being the first crop on a three year old tree?

Also, the tree was purchased from Willis Orchard before I started reading this forum and new better, so authenticity of the variety may be of question.

If it's not a Fuji, it's upsetting as I've been waiting a while for these to fruit and don't want to have to replace them.


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RE: Surprise Apple Variety

Few apples color well in a hot climate. My Fuji don't develop much color either. The fruit is also shorter, more squat, in a hot climate. Mine aren't ripe yet although the birds start eating them in August. I used to pick Oct 1 partly because of the birds. Mine are sweeter picked later. Yours may sweeten up some in storage but mine didn't seem to.


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RE: Surprise Apple Variety

I'd say there's a significant likelihood your tree isn't a Fuji.


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RE: Surprise Apple Variety

You might provide a picture. Color may vary but shape is fairly reliable. Fuji is distinctly sweet- very few other varieties get up as much low acid sugar.


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RE: Surprise Apple Variety

Ours are still about three weeks out; you may have picked them too early. When ripe our Fuji's have a golden-orange color to the flesh.


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