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Favourite variety of apple?


 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 8:55 am    Post subject: Favourite variety of apple? Reply with quote

Whats your favourite variety of apple? or what varieties do you grow in your garden?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:39 pm    Post subject: favourite apple variety Reply with quote

How do you identify the species? Do you have a link to a key?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:53 pm    Post subject: Re: favourite apple variety Reply with quote

ian wrote:
How do you identify the species?


Do you mean the different varieties of apple Ian?

A simple way to start is to get your hands on a book that lists the different apples attributes spanning a good few varieties.
The most commonly available book with a listing of apple varieties is "The Fruit Expert" by Dr. D.G Hessayon.
The variety descriptions in this include reference to shape and colour of the different apples, anything that doesn't look close your apple can be eliminated straight away.
Another aid in identifying the different apple varieties would be to recognise and document when the tree flowered and then fruited.
This flowering/fruiting varies quite a bit across the the different varieties and can be quite helpful in eliminate many possibilities leading to the tracking down the name of yours.
Again the book I mentioned has a listing for the flowering and fruiting times.

I hope in the near future to create a section on the site dedicated to the different apple types with photos and identification aids.

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