Paulared Evaluation

After picking Arkcharm a splash of red color still caught my eye; it was a Paulared peeking out from behind some leaves on my Fuji multi-graft “Frankentree”.  This one in the photo was a little past prime and a bit mealy (it didn’t help that it had codling moth damage) but had decent flavor; we picked one a little greener and it was much better; crisp, juicy, sweet, tart, spicy, with a nice apple aroma.  I’ve always heard that Macintosh isn’t that great around here, but this Macintosh-like apple was very good. 

The two limbs of it had about four leaves total and four apples of drastically different sizes and the rest blind wood (buds that did not break) and so obviously it was not happy with our lack of chilling hours.  The strategy in these cases is to buy a big tree mail-order and have them ship it in March after it has gotten a full winter of chill in the nursery’s cold climate.  This will cause it to grow vigorously the first season, which is about all it will grow.  The ensuing years it will bear leaves and apples on the tips of the branches and have lots of blind wood, but still will be productive as the weight of the apples pull the branches down horizontally.  This may really bother some cold-climate apple growers, but isn’t this what you want- a calm, productive tree?  It may adapt to the lower-chill climate in a few years, but at least we know it can bear yummy apples in some brutal heat.

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  1. Paula Reds make an outstanding applesauce and apple butter.

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