Thursday, February 7, 2013

Greetings from the Learning Garden!

Things are happening in the Learning Garden. After a nice Winter break we have begun work in the Garden once again. Today we learned the history and parentage of three apples.

Cameo Apple
The Cameo is a cultivar of apple discovered by chance. The Caudle Family of Dryden Washington noticed this apple in 1987. They think it is a cross between Red Delicious and Yellow delicious. It has become one of the top ten apples sold in Washington.


Braeburn Apple The Braeburn is another chance seedling discovered in 1952 near Motueka, New Zealand believed to be a cross between Granny Smith and Lady Hamilton.
Fuji Apple The Fuji apple was developed at the Tohoku research station in Fujisaki Aomori Japan in the 1930’s. It is a cross between two American varieties The Red Delicious and the Ralls Genet.

We tasted each of these apples and compared flavor, sweet/tart and the different textures crisp or very crisp and juiciness. They were all delicious.  I gave a quick demonstration of  a wedge graft. We then walked to the Learning Garden where we grafted scion wood from a Cameo apple and from a Braeburn apple onto the Fuji apple we have planted in the Learning Garden.



Thanks to Suzan Porter and her FYS students!

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