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Low Chill Apples

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Cynthia starts with ...
I live in Lake Macquarie and my Tropic Sweet and Golden Dorset apple trees just will not lose their leaves. They have stopped growing new leaves but there have only be a few leaves that have yellowed and fallen off. Do I prune them all off or what? We are now in August and they won't have a dormancy at all if the weather starts to warm up soon. Anyone else having this problem with their low chill apple varieties????
My peaches, plums, plumcots and pears have all lost their leaves.
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Cynthia
Newcastle/Lake Macquarie
3rd August 2009 3:03pm
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Dekka says...
Hi Cynthia,
I'm at Wallsend and have the same thing going on. I just think this winter has been way milder than last year so there probably won't be any apples around here this season. I'm just leaving mine alone. The plant knows more about what it wants than I do.
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Dekka
Newcastle
3rd August 2009 5:19pm
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paula-f says...
Us too. We have usually had a few nights already below 7 degrees, but none so far this winter. Most nights have been around the 12 degree mark, so don't think there will be many apples, peaches, plums etc around our place either.
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paulaf1
SE Queensland
4th August 2009 9:14am
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Cynthia says...
Thanks for the feed-back. I'm glad it's not just my trees. On checking them out this morning I notice that some of the buds are bursting. Well, we shall see what happens. My peach and nectarine trees are flowering and heaps of bees are buzzing about them. Fingers crossed.
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4th August 2009 11:34am
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Jimmy says...
In the tropics people pull the leaves off, turn of sprinklers for 3 weeks and then turn em back on , the trees are away again and you can get up to 3 crops a year.
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4th August 2009 12:13pm
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Brad says...
just found a few dave wilson - kuffel creek (applenut) low chill apple videos. It discusses some of Kevin's varieties that were tasting good with very little chill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jwtYhS2Qcs
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Como, Perth
6th July 2010 8:16pm
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VF says...
My Tropic Sweet has now been flowering for about 5-6 weeks. I keep pulling them off, but it then grows more. I know they're low chill, but, come on...it's as confused as some peoples' loquat trees have been. The other apples know it's summer though.Strange.
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ivepeters says...
My tropic Anna & tropic d. Golden are doing the same thing. Already had a dozen off each start of December. Their both 14 months from purchase.
I can live with two crops.
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ivepeters
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20th February 2013 9:09pm
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Brain says...
I too can report my tropical anna is flowering too, after collecting some fruit fly infested fruit prior to Christmas.

Pink Lady and Sundowner is also flowering. If I can get an apple or two, I'd be happy.
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Brain
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21st February 2013 11:46am
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Diana says...
Mine are flowering a second time too (but not many flowers). The most confused deciduous fruit tree in my garden after that rain and temperature drop is the gulf ruby plum, which is covered in flowers. It's not going to get anywhere though, as the pollinating gulfgold is not.
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Diana
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21st February 2013 11:52am
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BJ says...
My Angel Peaches did that a few years in the past. I havent checked them lately though...
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21st February 2013 12:25pm
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Brain says...
I think I can top that, my Simone cherry is putting on new growth. In short, weather has gone crazy (in Brisbane) and so has the plants. I theorise the plants are enjoying a '2nd spring'.

It's not limited to decidious plants either, some of my citrus have also flowered for the 2nd time, where they normally only flower once a year.
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Brain
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21st February 2013 2:00pm
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VF says...
Well, good luck to everyone to setting a second crop! The old tourism jingle "Where else but Queensland?" popped in my head :)
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21st February 2013 5:20pm
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Slicko says...
Brad, that is a great link to Applenut's work with apple varieties in S.California. There are also other videos he has done with Tom Spelman from Dave Wilson nursery that discuss other varieties that are not expected to be low chill but fruit successfully in a climate with only 200-300 chill hours (less than Brisbane).
Have to try some of these!
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4th February 2015 10:37pm
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