The FedEx truck pulled up, today, with my Isons order. And, man, they look good! I had ordered 4 pomegranates from them. Nikitski Ranni, Salavatski, Afganski and a ‘new’ Grenada. I was never quite positive that my ‘other Grenada’ is really a Grenada. I’m doing a comparison test!
Anyway - got them all planted and they look beautiful! The Grenada is taller than I am! Here they are . . . a couple of the Russians shipped with blossoms! It will be painful . . . but I guess I need to cut them off this first year. Sigh.
The Grenada - almost 6’ tall ! It must be more than one year old! Has to be!
I also planted my Pink Lady, which I had heeled in. It came from Cummins. Very nice little tree. It had blossomed while waiting to be planted! Gorgeous flowers! I can’t wait to see it in bloom next year.
I finally understand how to train a vase-shaped tree . . . but these apples are going to be a challenge for me. I’m studying the modified central leader instructions . . . but it hasn’t ‘stuck’ yet. Can an apple NOT be trained as a vase? I have several to deal with. This Pink Lady. A Grimes Golden, Ashmead’s Kernel, and Mutsu whip. (The last 3 all whips.) And a Goldrush, which has to be at least 7’ tall ! When I plant it later this week, I’ll take a picture and ask for advice on ‘what to take off’. It came from Vintage VA Apples and we could barely fit in in our Buick Enclave . . . that’s how tall it is!
The shot of the Pink Lady shows the branches quite clearly. So, what do I leave - and what gets clipped off? All advice will be welcomed ! P.S. - Don’t laugh at my bungee staking. They are temporary, until I can get to a more permanent solution. Meanwhile . . . they work great and are easily adjustable.