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Tater House Apple

 

unknown parentage, Aroostook County, Maine

 

Grafted 2016, on wild seedling rootstock

 

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"Fall-Winter. Fruit is large, magnificent round-oblate fruit. Perfectly shaped. A beautiful spotless red-violet color. Noticeably ribbed, but overall appearance is round. Keeps remarkable well, and tastes better in January than in October. A very decent dessert fruit. Very hardy. Z3-5."



2022 - In spite of a massive case of scale which I didn't realize until this winter, the tree is doing fine. I tried scrubbing the scale off early April with soap but ended up mostly covering me with soap and scraping off all I could by hand, continuing to do that whenever I went by. Then in early April it got a good coat of Neem Oil and hopefully that will finish off those left. The end of May it put out a dozen blooms! I nipped all but 3 off - it is still a young tree - and will only let it set one or two. I think it's sturdy enough for that. It's exciting to imagine finally getting a taste of this apple.

Tater House first blooms 2022


2021 - Doing fine, good growth.


2020 - Strong growth, healthy, 2 1/2'^.


2019 - Doing fine.


2018 - Good leafing, many rootstock suckers (removed). Cut off top 5" to graft onto a crab seedling (in case bottem doesn’t heal) [unfortunately graft didn’t take]. But tree did OK. Two 6" branches, a 2" one and top 8" growth. Plus looks like fruit buds on trunk? Coming along. Another root sucker growing. Bottom injury looks to be healing.


2017 - Good growth, rough leaves, insect leaf damage. Rib high. But bottom 3" eaten around late summer. Not much to be done but hope for best! Maybe not really girdled; can’t tell for sure.


2016 - Grafted 2016 (Fedco scion) on small seedling, a sucker transplanted from next to outhouse sapling, transplanted to east of fence (new orch). Small but 6" healthy scion growth 18" up on healthy rootstock (leaves large, healthy).



Online Notes: Fedco -  Fall-Winter. Chance Seedling. New Sweden, Aroostook County, Maine. Orchardist and fruit explorer Steve Miller of northern Maine introduced me to this seedling growing on the side of a potato-house earth berm in Aroostook County, Maine. Bears extremely well and the fruit is large, beautiful and the quality is very good. We’ve grown to like the apple very much. Large and absolutely magnificent round-oblate fruit. Perfectly shaped. A beautiful spotless red-violet color. Noticeably ribbed, but overall appearance is round. Keeps remarkable well, and tastes better in January than in October. A very decent dessert fruit that would likely be good for sauce. Very hardy. Z3-5.."



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