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Lilli Apple
 

wild seedling tree in front of shop

fruit tart, small-med. light red splashed green fruit

 

Grafts: Cowgate / Discover / Zestar

 

wild seedling apple named Lilliwonderful cat LilliBulero

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apple from wild "Lilli" treeWild seedling tree, south of shop, east of Bulero. Named after our wonderful cat Lillibulero (named after the English tune of that name). Medium size tree tree. Small-med red splashed green, somewhat tart apples. First notes of apples harvested in applesauce 2013, "large basket apples from se shop tree, cooked & victorio". Started pruning. Apples most years are not very good so starting grafting better varieties to tree. Plan to make it 1/3 each Zestar, Discover, and Cowgate (a wild seedling tree from up the road).



2021 - A lot of pruning, clearing spaces, opening up around grafts, bringing top down and in. Working toward future replacement of original tree with the three grafted varieties.

Discovery - grafts growing slower but doing fine. Tried a direct graft but it didn't take.

Zestar - growing fine. Direct grafted another branch.

fruit from original Cowgate treeCowgate - grafts growing vigorously, large enough to pull some branches down and do some pruning.
     Mother tree fruited well and was dropping a lot of fruit mid August (maybe I should rename Cowgate to Early Cow!). I was able to pick about 1 1/2 pecks (not easy since the tree is in the bottom of a ditch). Fruit mixed maturity, soft to firm. Not real sweet but OK, macintosh flavor, mixed shapes & sizes. White flesh, rather coarse, quickly browns. I'm wondering now why I thought this was worth grafting! But maybe it doesn't like this unusually hot year.


2020 - 5/3 pruned out a lot, working toward grafts replacing original. Sawed off top trunk/limb. Fruit once again poorly. Tree is healthy enough.


2019 - 4/30 cut off top limbs & others, cleared around grafts + planning future. July - fruit set in clumps like crabs. Thinned what I could reach from ground. Fruit not good, split, rough.

Zestar grew enough to cut top & graft nearby (graft broke off later).

CowGate long growth - cut piece and direct graft more/less East - didn’t thrive, cutoff. Orig OK.

Discovery2 new graft nw, grew fine.


2018 - Light pruning early. End July pruned out quite a few branches around grafts plus uprights. Some fruit, rough, lot of splitting, rough skin, med-small, not usable. Good growth on tree; many uprights will need pruning next year. Eventually let grafted varieties replace top of tree, leaving bottom branches for deer.

CowGate ‘17 graft - grew well, strong 24" shoot.

Zestar ‘17 graft - small growth 6" tip + several buds. Healthy.


2017 - Summer light pruning for shape. 6-2 blossoms opening (with BlOx, Beacon). Med/light blooms. Light fruit set; thinned some. med-sm fruit, some cracking but good enough sauce apples. End Aug/early Sept. A few left mid Sept. Leaves somewhat rough, blight, aphids but good dark color, healthy. Re-access fruit quality next year, whether to graft over most of tree or not. Tree is nice shape.

Grafted Zestar (from Marie, GF) and CowGate (road apple on e side Fox Rd by pasture gate). Both popped but not a lot of growth. Rough year for most trees. Graft another next year. 


2016 - cut out a lot of trees south & around so now more in sun. Pruned quite a bit to open & narrow top. Looks good. Moderate blossom, light crop med-small fruit. A bit rough but OK, rather sour.


2015 - more pruning for shape, height and some thinning. Light blossoms.


2014 - applesauce 9/15, 18# sm-med most from wild clothesline tree. small, Peck of nice apples 9/6, another 1/2 peck later. Small but good quality; typical wild sour flavor but fine with sugar for sauce.


2013 - First notes of apples harvested, in applesauce, "large basket apples from se shop tree, cooked & victorio". Did some pruning.



Copyright Susan Robishaw

 

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