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Prairie Spy Apple

 

unknown parentage ~ possibly Univ.Minn. #1914. Introduced 1940.

 

Grafted 2017, on wild seedling rootstock a7

 

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"Large fruit red over yellow skin color; Crisp, dense, juicy flesh. with excellent flavor; Ripens in October. Tree-Vigorous, long lived, annually productive tree; Bears young and heavily; Blooms exceptionally late. Very hardy. Disease Resistance. Extra long-keeping winter apple;"  See Beacon Apple page for story of our "first" Prairie Spys.



2021 - grafted another W, grew ~6". Good growth on all others, pulled some down. Mid Nov PS still had leaves, Akero and rootstock had dropped.


2020 - cut scions mid February, grafted 4 branches around top of tree end of March. All took & grew fine. Decided to give the top half of tree to Prairie Spy (Akero the bottom). NY gr one more on west side.


2019 - (a7crab) ‘17 gr,looking better, mod growth. Cut scion  next year to gr ‘20. More in future, towards btm all PS (top Akero).

#2 root graft grew well in spring but then died. Winter damage?


2018 - #1 - slow growing but alive.

#2 - Scion from Carole, Washington (GF member). Rootgrafted, planted NEOrch. Grew well .


2017 - Grafted on good sized a7 wild seedling crab. Slow to go, later leaves curling & half brown. 



Online Notes: Hardiness: Very-extremely; -50 F with occasional winter injury. Zone: 3-6.  Keeps for three months with flavor developing and improving while in storage. All-around apple with a notably dense flesh. Somewhat tart and somewhat sweet, but truly with a unique flavor. Low vigor tree, somewhat spreading growth habit, late blooming, very precocious. Fruits large, somewhat flattened, good keepers, excellent for pies and OK for fresh eating. Better in storage.



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