Why do we offer so many heirloom and disease resistant fruit varieties at Hidden Springs Flower Farm? There are several reasons. A greater range of flavor including some that are intense like the apples we may remember for our youth with flavor notes that include, pear, raspberry and sweet tart combinations that our modern apples may lack.
Some of the older varieties matured over a longer period of time so they could hang on the tree for storage instead of all falling off at one time needing immediate processing into something useful.
The heirlooms often served multiple purposes; eating fresh, baking, cooking, pickling, canning, sauce, jellies, drying, juice, hard cider and some stored for long periods of time with the flavor actually improving over time.
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January 29, 2020 Dwarf rootstock eventual mature size. These sizes are approximate because some varieties are more robust growers but it is a good guideline for selecting your tree if you are limited on space or don't want to climb a ladder to harvest fruit. The smallest we carry is G11 to produce a 6 foot tree it starts to produce fruit very quickly once planted. Here are three more dwarf rootstocks G41 grows to 8 feet. G935 grows to 10 feet. G202 grows to about 12 feet. All of the dwarf trees should have a permanent support stake for the life of the tree. The following three rootstocks are considered semi-dwarfs and grow 13 - 15' but do not require staking after the first 3 years. G890, G969 begin to crop very early and the old fashioned M7 which is the slowest to produce fruit.