Can anyone comment on the disease resistance of Spartan apples? I’ve seen it listed with good disease resistance or barely any. My main concern is scab.
Here it has good scab resistance: http://portlandnursery.com/docs/fruits/AppleDiseaseResistance.pdf
Here it is scab susceptible: http://www.cumminsnursery.com/maincrop.htm
And so forth. I’d rather not graft my scions if it isn’t disease resistant.
Mine in the nursery always show some slight CAR symptoms in bad CAR years but we do have alot of red cedars where I live.
Here’s a Stephen Hayes video where he describes it and says that it is quite susceptible to apple scab. He’s done a lot of this type of video on other varieties and if you like this one, I’d suggest checking out some of the others. I’ve watched most of them at least 2-3 times.
Thank you Bob and TurkeyCreek, looks like I’m going to pass on grafting those over! I’ll check out those Stephen Hayes videos then.
Scab and CAR are easy to control, what I don’t like about Spartan is that it is difficult to prune and train into a productive tree on free standing rootstock. Not a very grower friendly variety in my limited experience with it.