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Grimes Golden Apple 3-5 ft branched tree

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$80.00 USD
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Grimes Golden is almost certainly one of the parents of Golden Delicious, and therefore the great-grandparent of many prized modern apples. Once an important commercial variety, it was superceded by Golden Delicious because of the latter’s more reliable, annual productivity. Grimes Golden has a spicy depth of flavor, even hinting at coriander, this is missing from its progeny. It makes superb sauce and cider.  Unlike most apples, it is self-fertile, besides producing abundant viable pollen for its neighbors.

M111: M111 is considered semidwarf or semistandard, growing to 80% the size of a standard rootstock tree. Similar to a standard, trees on M111 are vigorous, adaptable and need no staking. Trees on M111 will begin bearing fruit slightly earlier than standard rootstock trees.

Apples thrive in Vermont. You need to have at least two different varieties for pollination; however, apples are common enough in Vermont that you can often get away with planting one if a neighbor has a few trees. Wild trees or crab apples growing nearby can also serve as pollinators. More pollen often means more and larger fruit. Plant in a well-drained spot with good sun. We grow and sell varieties that perform well in our climate and growing conditions. Varieties listed as “heirloom” originated before 1900.

If you are planting a few trees, consider selecting varieties with different uses or ripening times. If you are planning to make hard cider, add a cider variety or two to blend with more typical dessert fruit.