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Larry Sagers Horticultural Specialist Utah State University Extension Service Thanksgiving Point Office © All Rights Reserved
For a list of recommended apple varieties, check my website at http://larrysagers.com/ . Click onto tips for KSL and Deseret Morning News readers and listeners and then click onto apples. Allred Orchards sells their produce retail at 2109 N University Ave Provo UT 84604 Phone number is 801-377-0748
The tractor scene in Footloose was filmed in Payson, Utah. The actual property used is part of Allred's Orchards owned by Rey & Mary Carol Allred
Choosing an apple cultivar is a personal matter. When listeners call and ask what varieties they should plant, I tell them to check the local Farmers Markets and growers and see what varieties they like best of the varieties that grow well in Utah.
Maybe you want to grow these apples from farmers markets or supermarkets. Maybe you want to grow varieties you enjoyed as a child. Maybe you want to try a new variety you have never tasted.
Consider these ideas as you choose your apple varieties.
Is it adapted to Utah? Some apples become soft in our summer heat. Others need a longer growing season than we have here.
How much care do you want to give the apples? Some apples are more disease resistant and require few fungicide sprays. There are no insect-resistant cultivars so all get worms from codling moth larvae unless you treat them.
What type of apple do you want? Summer apples are excellent for eating fresh but do not store well. How many bushels of apples can you eat fresh? Most later ripening apples store better. Late ripening apples need refrigeration to keep for extended periods.
Does it need a pollinator? It takes two different types of apple for successful pollination. Crabapples that bloom at the same time as your apple trees are good pollenizers. Apples need bees for pollination. Do not spray insecticides on apple trees during flowering. Control dandelion flowers when apples are blooming to encourage bees to pollinate apples.
Which strain of a cultivar should you choose? Apple growers are always looking for strains that are earlier ripening, better colored, earlier coloring, spur type, etc. For example, more than 40 strains of Red Delicious apples are currently available on the market. Some strains are better than others. Check with local nurseries or growers for more information.