What about juice? Can you press or juice the cider apples for me?
Yes, we do custom pressing for customers (for juice that will be fermented). We do this with large-scale pressing equipment that can handle pressing hundreds of pounds. Please contact us directly to discuss.
Can I reserve an order of cider apples well before harvest?
Yes, we plan to open our “apple shop” for sale each year around June, after fruit set and once we have a decent idea what kind of crop we’re likely to have in each variety (biennial bearing leads to on and off crop years, despite our best management efforts). Still, it’s a good idea to give us a call and discuss availability.
Can I grow cider apples in my climate?
In North America, you can grow most cider varieties just about anywhere. Climates like south Florida are not ideal for some cider varieties, which often originate from Northern Europe and higher latitudes in North America and require substantial “chilling hours” in the winter to set fruit well.
What rootstocks would you recommend?
Rootstock choice depends on multiple variables, such as the desired tree size, climate, planting system, etc. Susceptibility to fire blight is sometimes a problem with cider varieties, especially (but not only) in the eastern half of the USA. Fire blight can really devastate an orchard if not properly managed. If you’re worried about fire blight in your area, you might consider Geneva rootstocks, which have been shown to be highly fire blight resistant.
What are the diseases and pest that require the most care when growing cider apples?
Based on our experience in Oregon, fire blight, anthracnose, and scab, in that order.
Where do you get the scion wood for grafting cider varieties?
In nearly every case, scion wood comes from our own trees.
How much lead-time does a large nursery-tree order require?
The sooner the better, but typically at least 18-20 months lead-time is required. For very large quantities of trees on Geneva rootstocks, an additional 6-8 months might be necessary.
How long will it take before I get fruit from my trees?
This will depend largely on the rootstock selection, and to some degree on the variety. For dwarfing rootstocks like M9 and Bud 9, if we deliver you a 2-year nursery tree, you’ll likely start getting some fruit in the second growing season after you plant it. For larger rootstocks, like MM111 and Bud 118, you may have to wait three years or more until you see fruit.
Is there much difference between growing dessert apples and cider apples?
Very little in principle – except that cider apples require considerably less “chemical care” (spraying) since the fruit is destined to be milled/pressed, which makes it unnecessary to produce a perfect-looking apple.
Do I have to make a deposit for trees that won’t be delivered for quite some time?
Yes, we require a deposit for all trees ordered in advance of shipment. The amount required varies by the dollar amount of your order, as seen in our sales terms in the catalog.
Can I buy just one or two trees?
Yes, although the more you purchase the lower the price per tree will be, as seen in our price schedule. Additionally, if you’re planning to make cider yourself, you might achieve better results with a blend of different apples across the sweet-bittersweet-sharp-bittersharp spectrum.