Hawaiian Apples

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We ship a lot of apple tree orders to Hawaii, but as is often the case with parents, never hear back from the “kids”.  However the above image is courtesy of Forrest and Kim Starr, who sent a link to photos of apples and trees around Maui, Hawaii.

The training and growth habit is terrible on some of the trees, and proper training could greatly increase the health and productivity of the tree (plug my book Growing Apples in the Tropics).  But it gives evidence that, like many areas we ship to, apples have been grown there before and are quite happy in a tropical environment.  We’re pleased to introduce a much wider range of varieties that will extend the harvest season for months and compete against the best of what’s in their supermarkets.

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5 Responses

  1. Just checking your blog to see if you had any recent posts/thoughts about the hot dry weather California is experiencing this season and it’s effect on apple trees, and other fruit trees.

  2. Aloha. My son and I were tooling around near a creek in Pukalani, in Upcountry Maui and saw one apple on a 3 foot stick with a few leaves. We couldn’t believe that an apple was growing here on the island and especially upcountry! When we took a photo of it, it just fell right off! We cut it open and it had no seeds, but an empty spot where one seed could have been. It looks like an apple, tastes like an apple – and we didn’t get food poising or die.

    • Yes, it was an apple. Since there are no other apple varieties around, it did not get pollinated, and thus no seeds. If you would have looked closely at the seed cavity, you would have seen little specks that were the seed embryos. Apples have been grown in the tropics for years, but have mostly been confined to Anna and Dorsett Golden. We’re trying to expand the range of varieties that are grown.

  3. So it is tue that apple must have to be pollinated with another one to have seed and good fruit .but what about so to speak self fertile varieties like Fuji and the rest.

    • Often even self fertile varieties will make larger fruit if pollinated with another variety. Pollination is still important in these cases.

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