I also think about wanting my fruits to produce sooner rather than later, and dont want to care for too many young trees,which need a lot of protection from herbivores, watering in our dry summers, and patience. I’m more likely to graft onto existing trees, rather than buy a new tree, which takes longer for me. As a result, most of my trees are multigrafts.
My Chehalis, which originates not too far from here, has been a bust. Too few apples, they split, not much flavor, get sunburn. On the same multigraft tree, Summerred does well - nice apples, delicious flavor. Also Jonagold does great on that tree. I had another multigraft with Pristine - early, juicy, tasty, disease free apples, but that graft failed. So I overgrafted most of Chehalis with Pristine. As an experiment, I also added a red flesh crabapple, “compare to Firecracker” - I think it was Bill’s Red Flesh.
Karmijn cracked and became woody every year for 4 years. Removed it. Yellow Delicious grew nicely, no fruit for 6 years. It’s gone. My Queen Cox and Rubinette are not very productive but the apples are very good. Not sure what I’ll do but they have grafts of other cultivars read to take over. One is Goldrush.
Im givng Porter and Granite Beauty one more year. No apples this year, and they’ll be overgrafted with something. Most of that tree is grafted with something other than the original (Jonared), and if the remaining Jonared branches don’t do something nice - juicy apples that taste like Jonathan - those get topworked too. In fact, that tree has a graft of Jonathan, might bloom this year. I’ve already got a new scaffold going on that one with Airlie Redflesh, which I and others in my world really enjoy.
I did buy 3 new apple trees. Two are concessions to my increasing limitations, Tasty Red and Golden Treat. ( Both are trademarked) One is another experiment, Redlove Era (both names are trademarked).
it looks like a lot of my younger trees have their first big sets of flower buds now. Looking forward to my first Gravensteins, WineCrisp, maybe that Porter and Granite Beauty. Akane too, have not tasted that one yet.
The most reliable, and good, apple for me continues to be Liberty. That tree is a workhorse and the apples are good, annual cropping.
I have a lot of other maturing apple grafts which I hope bloom this year, some are: an unknown red flesh, Baldwin, Milo Gibson, Sweet 16, Keepsake, Newtown Pippin, Priscilla, Honeycrisp, Hawkeye, Fameuse, Dolgo crab, King David.
My Hanska Plum has grown nicely but no plums in 5 years. Some branches on that tree got topworked this week to Beauty and Black Ice. The rest should get reworked to something next year too. I also added Hollywood as an internal pollinator, just in case that helps.
If Nadia turns out to be a prima donna that just takes work, grows, blooms, but no fruits, maybe it will get topworked too. Giving that another season or two,