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Low Chill Apples Trees

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Wazza McG starts with ...

Three of these apple trees are about 17 months old since I purchased them. The three new ones about 5 months since purchase. They all started as bare-rooted sticks about 1 metre high.

The bigger three are Fuji, Pinkabelle and Sundowner. The new ones are Pink Lady, Lady Williams and Jonagold. They are all reddish type apples and low chill. About 5 months ago I started them on espalier.

I think you can safely say that you can grow apples in Brisbane. I am about 16km from the CBD on the southside.
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MaryT says...
That's really impressive Wazza McG ! You can grow apples in Brisbane!
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Wazza McG says...
Thank you Mary, Craig Perring from PlantNet, the company that is selling the Pinkabelle apple had stated in the Pinkabelle thread at this site that he would like to hear from people in Brisbane if they had any successes.

I was one of the people that took the risk of growing Pinkabelle and the relatives in a non-temperate region. I am glad I did as you can see.
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Jimmy says...
Craig left plantnet.
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wazzamcg says...
Thought I would update this thread - I reckon I have over 300 apples in those home made exclusion bags. There are still a heap of flowers yet to make more fruit - happy days. It just shows - good quality apples can be grown in Brisbane.
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Brain says...
Wazz, which varieties are your best grower?

Also, would you mind sharing some tips on how you made those exclusion bags.
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Slicko says...
Hey Wazza, Well done.
I have been trying to grow apples here for the past year or two. Both the Anna and the Tropical Sweet are fruiting now. The Gala and Granny Smith are in their first season. The Granny Smith has set. 2 fruit and the gala none.
I'm in Carindale and there's been little blossom on those two. A lot of blossom set on the Anna and the ts. A lot of variation in size but good to eat.
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Slicko says...
I thought that I would give a bit of an update on my Granny Smith and Royal Gala.

The Gala is presently flowering and setting fruit (a couple of dozen). It seems to be pretty late to me but apparently it flowers in the mid to late mid season - what ever that may be and harvested early. I suppose that because it is growing out of its normal environment where it gets around 500 chill hours it is bound to be somewhat out of kilter.

The Granny Smith flowered some weeks ago so it is a good thing that they self pollinate. It is apparently a mid season bloomer but harvested somewhat later than the Gala.

The second pic shows one of the Grannys in a modified ziploc sandwich bag (a lot of US hobby growers are using these as exclusion bug protection in hot areas). I have been experimenting with this and even in our heat it does not seem to cook the fruit. They have been on for the last month.

The first pic shows some of the fruit setting on the gala.

Hoping this is of interest.

Mick
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FineForm says...
I've recently begun adding multiple fruit trees to my backyard and the latest addition has been a Tropical Sweet apple. As i've now run out of available space in my yard, i'm keen to create some Frankensteins in the form of grafting.

Has anyone in the Brisbane area been successful in grafting additional varieties to their apple trees? By the sounds of what Wazza said, nearly anything goes in this area!

Any other fruit trees that anyone has successfully grafted to? I'm keen to make some contacts in the area to source some scion wood to experiment with. With what I have in mind for the various varieties I have in my yard, mail ordering scions could cost me more that the total of all of the trees i've planted so far...

Much thanks!
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Karyn1 says...
Curious as to how the pink lady apples done in Brisbane?
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