Are youse talkin too mee?
If so, we had 4 varieties produce for the first time, Suncrisp, Grimes Golden, Liberty and Zestar. Just a handful of fruit, but a promising start. Zestar and Suncrisp were better than expected.
Others like Goldrush, Pristine and Roxbury Russet set a few fruit, but none made it to maturity. Either drops or squirrels.
Regarding damage, when I weeded 7 of my apples in the back plot in the summer, I noticed either sunscald or rodent damage on the south side of them, plus some had some what looks like borer damage. And no, I didn’t white wash them down low. Plus it looks like them being in a high water table area has contributed to a bit of rootstock rot. The trees were never in standing water, unless it was very heavy rain, but the water table was prob too high.
Since the weeds were pretty high around them all year, I’m guessing the damage was because of borers and rodents of some type. One of my G16 Grimes Golden was just about completely girdled, so it may not make it too much longer. Maybe that’s why it fruited because it’s about to croak.
I have them caged in with 1x2 inch welded wire fencing, so it must have been moles or voles. So I’m going to have to put some better protection around the base of the trees, either some corrugated tubing or fine mesh wire screening.
I had my Suncrisp and Macoun in the lower orchard uncaged, and rabbits damaged them last Feb, the Suncrisp was almost completely girdled. The tree survived and produced some fruit, but I will prob need to try some bridge grafting to keep it alive in the future.
My big 15ft Winesap tree hardly leafed out at all, it looks like it has some kind of root disease, maybe because it’s been in some rather damp soil over the last 3 years. We had a very dry summer, so maybe that might help, but I’m not too optimistic. We’ll see how it does.
So, some bad situations that could have been avoided in some cases by better planning and protection. Some of it couldn’t have been prevented, tho. You learn the hard way sometimes.
I have 6 potted apples that I bench grafted and they have done well, so I have them as backups if my other trees don’t make it. Just don’t have a lot of good places left to plant them.