Hi! I read that russeting on apples and pears helps protecting them against some insects that would not be able to pierce the tougher skin. (Of course, it would not protect against damage being done on the flowers or the tree in general). Any idea if that’s true?
If so, any suggestion of a disease resistant russet variety of apple or pear? In zone 5 or colder ? * Cedar apple rust and apple scab are very common in my area. *
December 22, 2015, 6:45pm
I plan on grafting some Roxbury russet this spring, it is supposed to be somewhat CAR resistant and a good tasting Apple but I have no personal experience with it yet.
Thank you for that suggestion!
There was a thread on that topic not too long ago:
We keep it organic in my yard (wife health history). It is hard to get together all the info for a good organic program that works. I thought I had followed the instructions on this forum last year but had a total loss.
Next year I will protect some with ziplock bags. A forum member posted great info with pictures a while back. I will also do the Home orchard society footie soaked with Surround. But I can’t do every fruit with one of these so will continue to try to control organically.
There didn’t seem to be a strong vote either way there, but read and draw your own conclusion
Thank you. Can I / should I delete this post ?
Hi Jessica, I’m in Minnesota and my Harralson is definitely prone to russeting, its a good producer too, its given me a nice crop all three years I’ve had it in the ground.
Thank you. Do you think the russeting protects it from insect damage?
Tough to tell, my 20 tree orchard is only 3 years old, so pests haven’t been a problem for any of my trees . . . yet.