I spent the afternoon shredding apple trees today. That may sound odd to you, but these are the losers from the apple trials I am constantly doing, cycling through about 15-20 varieties per year. “Unworthy” varieties this year included Knobbed Russet, Brogden, Kidd’s Orange Red, and Lady. It is sweet sorrow to part with these, as I had hoped that they would have done well here, but alas, they were bland and mushy, the kiss of death here in hot Southern California.
But cheer up, we have a new batch waiting in the wings for evaluation, many with a fine pedigree of tolerating heat and humidity. But nothing happens fast in the apple world, and it may be three or four years before we find out if they are destined for greatness in the tropics, or the shredder pile in late February.