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Starkey Apple

 

Ribston Pippen seedling

Moses Starkey, Vassalboro, Maine ~1800

 

#1 (W)  -- Grafted 2019, on south branch of BeaconS   

#2 (E) -- Grafted 2021, on a4 rootstock

#3 (C) -- Grafted 2021, on a10 rootstock


 

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"Fall-Winter. Seedling of Ribston Pippin. Moses Starkey intro, Vassalboro, Maine, about 1800. Exceptionally delicious late fall to early winter dessert apple. In the same league as its parent Ribston Pippin and its probable half-sibling Cox’s Orange Pippin, maybe crossed with Black Oxford. Medium-sized roundish-oblate fruit, Off-white flesh juicy, tender, crisp, mild, lively and subacid. Peak flavor end-Dec. Not to be confused with Stark. Blooms early midseason. Z4-7."



2022

     W (on BeaconS) - Cut out dead and dying center of BeaconS down to the Starkey branch, letting it grow up as central leader/top of tree. Leaves looking a bit rough, maybe eaten upon.

     C - (double bark-graft) - Looks good, vigorous. cut off smaller of two grafts.

     E - (graft on a4) - looking good.


2021 - all 3 grafts vigorous, healthy, late to lose leaves in fall.

     W - Had cut upward growing shoot for scions late winter (C & E). Tied branch down more horizontal.

     C - double bark-graft May on a10 ~8 yr old wild crab seedling, south of panels, both grew well ~ 24"!

     E - graft on a4 11 yr old, often cut down, seedling (possibly from Beacon fruit maybe), se of panels, grew 20"!


2020 - Vigorous, healthy, very good strong growth. Unfortunately discovered mushrooms at base of old Beacon stump are Armillaria mellea - Honey Mushroom. Lives on both old AND new (the living tree) wood. Badly infected. Beacon showing signs (see BeaconS). Starkey graft looks fine. Will cut a good scion late winter and graft elsewhere. But hope, and plan, that the tree recovers.


2019 - Scion from Carole, Washington (Quill-GF). Grafted end of May on se short branch of BeaconS in a space where I had removed a larger limb. Grew ~3".



Online Notes: (gf) fresh eating appeal, vig.triploid, w/o watercore issues, pretty. Quite flavorful.



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