Procedure for making these trees: look for apples (usually growing wild) still on
the tree in late Dec or early Jan; take scion wood, bury it or
put in fridge in a sealed container; graft onto MM106 or similar in late March......
If these very late apples fall off the tree, you leave them on the ground until you want to use
them. Unless frost is very severe, they keep better outside than under cover, where they will dehydrate.
Varieties I've found (my names) - Whitwick Pippin, Croft late seedling, Wibtoft Pippin,
Burford apple, Deer Park apple. Wibtoft Pippin (grafted 2004) should fruit next year.
I'm also hoping for some scion wood of Blackjack, a recognised variety, which I've now sampled, thanks to Tim
Whalley and Colin Rudling. This is a beautiful dark red apple hanging on the tree until after Christmas.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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