I’m sorry to report that we’re sold out for 2015. I can recommend my good friends at Century Farm Orchards on the East Coast, and Trees of Antiquity on the West Coast. Wagon Wheel Orchards also does benchgrafts in Kansas. We’ll start taking orders again in September of 2015 for shipment January 2016. Thanks for a great year!
Kevin Hauser, Kuffel Creek Apple Nursery http://www.kuffelcreek.com
We are grafting orders for shipping the next 6 weeks. We are one of the few nurseries that deal with apple trees for Texas, Southern California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Alabama. Oh yes, we also serve Nigeria, Suriname, Hong Kong, and we absolutely own East Africa. So if you live in a hot climate with low (or even zero) chilling hours, you can still grow apples like these Lady Williams ones in this photo. Strangely enough, we also ship to a lot of cold climates, as we carry a lot of varieties other nurseries don’t. So get your order in soon, as once we use up all the rootstocks we pre-ordered, that’s it for the season.
You can see our varieties, books on growing apples in hot climates and the tropics, and ordering information at http://www.kuffelcreek.com/applenursery.htm Also check out our Uganda apple nursery on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kuffelcreekapplenursery
Sorry about the lack of postings lately, the Uganda branch of the nursery has been busy and most of my postings have been on it’s Facebook page. You can see these updates at http://www.facebook.com/kuffelcreekapplenursery
Things are gearing up for the 2015 apple grafting season, I’m organizing scionwood, and putting in orders for bulk quantities of the more popular varieties. We should start shipping the beginning of February, so if you’re thinking of ordering, get it in soon. You can order in the USA at http://www.kuffelcreek.com and in Uganda at http://www.kuffelcreekapplenursery.com
It’s hard to get into the fall spirit of October when its 105 F. outside. But it’s still apple season here in Riverside, and yesterday I harvested this basket of Granny Smith from our espaliered tree. I whacked this poor tree HARD for scionwood cuttings last spring, but the nubs I left still blossomed and fruited a nice harvest; this is a great variety for a hot climate, as it is reliable and productive.
The apples are pretty much what you get in the store, but without the chemical essence they get from being in Controlled Atmosphere storage for a year. Crisp, juicy, firm, tart, and my wife baked an absolute KILLER pie from them this evening, which probably isn’t going to last very long. The neighbors are probably wondering where that smell is coming from, and that it reminds them of fall.
OK, it’s not the flavor, but the texture, that reminds you of a hunk of coconut. The flavor is definitely apple, very sweet with a hint of cinnamon, even when quite green and unripe. The texture is firm, slightly chewy, moderately juicy, …and very enjoyable. The tree is vigorous and bears heavily and reliably, and leafs out fully in a low-chill climate. The apples get decent sized and start to ripen mid-season, right after Hawaii, filling in a nice gap. This was developed by Garfield Schults in Homedale, Idaho.
I’m not sure where I got this variety (Axel Kratel?) but the beautiful apple is very productive here, the first one ripening mid-July (the rest of the ones on the branch are still quite green). The skin is tough, but the flesh is soft to the point of mealy. The juice is blandly sweet, almost like Red Delicious, with not a hint of acid. The result is not very pleasant or exciting, and you have no urge to swallow after taking a bite and chewing the sweet juice out of it. The mouthful gets spit into the trash can, and the rest of the apple is tossed in there also. Alas, just another pretty face that gets relegated to our “reject” list you can find at http://www.kuffelcreek.com/applelist.htm
Mama Josie stars in this baking video on how to make an apple pie outdoors.
Outdoor Apple Pie
I found a YouTube video shot July of 2013 at the Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MUZARDI) detailing their field trials with apples. This station is at a lower altitude (3,500 ft.) just north of the equator and is a truly tropic climate, with little difference in seasonal temperatures or daylight length. The enthusiastic Technical Person Grace Bazanya describes the trees and gives a good overview of what growing apples in the tropics consists of. The presenter Florence Naluyimba states what we’ve been saying for years, that “Researchers have proven that apples can grow in just about any sort of environment as long as they are properly managed and you don’t have to say anymore that the weather is a limiting factor in growing apples in Uganda”.
Well said, Florence, we completely agree with you.
While preparing to film our next video on baking an apple pie outdoors, I stumbled across this video. Not sure what this has to do with anything, but it’s really catchy and puts you in a pie mood. The music starts around 0:48