Apple-tree Pink Pearl is one of the most unusual varieties of fruit tree, which is obtained as a result of breeding work. Of particular interest to gardeners are the fruits of the tree, which are fundamentally different from other varieties and the relative unpretentiousness of the apple tree.
Knowing all the features and taking into account all the individual requirements of the Pink Pearl apple variety, they can be grown in your personal plot.
The origin and description of the apple variety Pink pearls
The Pink Pearl apple variety owes its origin to the American breeder Albert Etter. In 1940, after many years of work, several varieties of apple trees were bred.
The botanists were most impressed by the unusual appearance, aroma and taste of apples bred from the famous Nedzwiecki apple tree. The original external characteristic became the reason for the name - Pink Pearl, which was patented in 1944, and the next year presented in catalogs for gardeners.
Apple variety with red pulp Pink pearls widely distributed in the states of California, Oregon and Washington among amateur gardeners and on an industrial scale.
Apples of the Pink Pearl variety have a special color and structure of the pulp. It:
- medium-sized fruits;
- delicate translucent peel of yellowish-green, less often plum color with numerous whitish specks;
- juicy fine-grained pulp, colored in whole or in part in a raspberry-pink color;
- the taste is sweet and tart with hints of grapefruit and raspberry.
Apple variety Pink pearls are especially appreciated by people adhering to a diet.... The fruits of the apple tree are low in calories, high in vitamins, iron and fiber. Due to the original taste and preservation of useful properties after heat treatment, apples are used in cooking in combination with many products, including meat and fish.
Requirements for soil and climate
Apple tree Pink pearls are autumn-winter varieties with medium frost resistance. The fruit tree can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °. The tree is responsive to sunlight and thrives in well-lit areas. The most favorable for growing apple trees will be the southern regions, and in the northern regions, it is recommended to inoculate zoned frost-resistant varieties into the crown.
The Pink Pearl apple tree is a medium-sized tree, reaching up to 7 meters in height. It begins to bear fruit 3-4 years after planting a 2-3 year old seedling. Fruit ripening occurs at the end of August, but if you push back the harvest time by a month, they will become richer and sweeter in taste.
The variety takes root well with other trees, with a combined planting it develops better and bears more fruit. To plant it in your personal plot, it is better to purchase a ready-made seedling.
If it is possible to vaccinate, then for the scion it is better to take varieties of apples with pink pulp:
When choosing a planting site, it is important to consider that the tree loves light and warmth. Therefore, it is necessary to avoid lowlands, areas shaded and blown by northerly winds.
Seedlings can be planted in spring and autumn. Each planting period has its own advantages. If a tree is planted in the fall, then during the winter its roots will adapt to the soil and strengthen, and with the appearance of the first heat in the spring, it will actively develop.
This time period is more suitable for southern regions and soils rich in chernozem. Favorable time for planting from September 20 to October 15.
The advantage of planting in the spring is that the tree is well strengthened before winter, which guarantees a stable transfer of low temperatures in the first year of development. Seedlings are planted from April 20 to May 10... The peculiarity of spring planting is frequent and abundant watering in the first weeks of seedling development, this will help to avoid drying out of the roots.
For apples with red pulp, you need to choose a place where groundwater lies at a depth of 2.5 meters. In the chosen place for planting, a hole is dug 80 cm deep, which is best prepared a week before planting. The bottom of the pit is additionally loosened 25 cm deep.
After that, the pit is 1/3 filled with humus soil, which is saturated with fertilizers:
- superphosphate (200 g),
- potassium sulfate (80 g),
- wood ash (200 g),
- manure humus (3 buckets).
Minerals and organics are mixed, adding fertile soil to them. Thus, adequate nutrition is provided in the root layer, and an optimal substrate is formed for the quick adaptation of the seedling in a new place.
The rest of the pit is covered with sod soil until a mound is formed, which rises 15 cm above the ground level.In the middle of the prepared landing site, you need to drive a wooden stake 50 cm above the ground level.
Planting a seedling
Despite the careful selection of the seedling at the time of purchase, it should be inspected again before planting. Rotten and injured areas of the roots and stem are cut with a sharp knife to healthy tissue. Before planting, it is recommended to dip the roots of the seedling in a clay-dung mash, which contains growth regulators that stimulate the active development of the fruit tree.
The first stage of planting Pink Pearl apples is the placement of the seedling on the north side of the prepared stake, while you need to make sure that the roots diverge evenly in different directions. It is necessary to ensure that no voids remain between the roots; for this, the stem is slightly shaken when backfilling with substrate.
The place of transition of the stem to the root is located 7 cm above the soil level. Deepening of the root collar leads to slow growth and instability of fruiting, and too shallow planting leads to drying out of the root system.
After dusting the roots, the soil is slightly compacted with the feet and sod soil is added. A hole is formed around the circumference, where 2 buckets of warm water are poured and covered with earth. The soil around the seedling is mulched with peat, straw or manure - this will protect the roots of the young tree from drying out. The seedling is tied to a peg with a free loop using twine.
Apple tree care
A variety of apples with pink flesh Pink pearls require more careful maintenance in the first years of their development.
In the first year, for the full development of the seedling, there are enough fertilizers that were applied during planting. In subsequent years, the apple tree needs to be fed with organic and mineral fertilizers:
Soils depleted during the winter do not provide the nutrition necessary for the fruit tree... In the spring, it is especially important to apply nitrogenous fertilizers in the bud swelling phase. They are brought into the root circle, having previously dug in the soil to a depth of 10 cm.For spring feeding, the following are suitable:
- urea (500 g) diluted in water (50 l);
- solution of manure and water 1: 8;
- bird droppings diluted in water 1: 15.
Consumption per apple tree is 15 liters.
The second feeding is done in the phase of setting the first fruits with sodium fertilizers. To do this, you need 1 kg of nitrophoska and 20 g of sodium humate to dissolve in 200 liters of water. The resulting nutrient solution is poured into the near-stem zone, spending 3 buckets for each apple tree.
For young trees that are not yet bearing fruit, autumn feeding with phosphorus and potash fertilizers is important. They are brought into moist soil during digging or bred in 2 tbsp. l. in 10 liters of water and spill soil around the trunk, spending 2 buckets per apple tree.
Young apple trees need frequent watering, at least 4 times per season. Water is evenly distributed over the soil in the tree trunk area.
The wells formed around the apple tree with a depth of 10-15 cm will help to avoid unwanted exposure of the roots during watering. INIt is important that the moisture reaches the depth of the active roots, for an apple tree of the Pink Pearl variety it is 60-70 cm.
Depending on the age, the tree needs different amounts of water:
- annual seedlings 2-3 buckets;
- biennial apple trees 4-5 buckets;
- three-year and more trees at least 5-8 buckets.
The timing of watering completely depends on the climatic conditions.... The first moistening is carried out before bud break. If the weather is hot and dry, trees under five years old should be watered at least once every two weeks. For mature trees, the second irrigation is carried out after the flowering phase, during the period of mass fruit setting.
In prolonged dry weather, apple trees of the Pink Pearl variety should be watered during the growing phase of the fruit. Lack of moisture can lead to crushing apples and active shedding before ripening.
The last watering is carried out during the apple ripening period 2 weeks before harvest. Do not irrigate during harvesting and after that, this can lead to the active development of young shoots and to the weakening of the tree before the winter period.
A properly formed crown of apple trees is a guarantee of the quality of the fruits and the amount of the harvest. Trees of apple varieties Pink pearls begin to be pruned in the first year after planting. The optimal time for pruning is the dormant period of the seedling.
To do this, choose late autumn, it is important that the air temperature is at least -10 ° C. Pruning in severe frosts leads to the fragility and vulnerability of the apple tree to disease.
When pruning, shoots are removed at the base and part of the fruiting branch is shortened.
Deformed, dried and frozen branches are removed. Pruning of apple trees is done every year, avoiding excessive development of the side branches and the top of the tree.
Preparing for winter
Lime mortar is used to whitewash the lower part of the apple tree trunk. This will protect the tree from the appearance of frost breaks during temperature drops, which are the cause of the formation of rot. The lime layer will prevent possible sunburn in winter and spring, and will protect against rodents.
Adding insecticides to the solution is a good prevention against pests that remain overwintering in the bark. Young apple trees are whitened without preparation, and dead bark, lichens and moss are removed from adult trees. The best time for whitewashing is the third decade of autumn, when heavy rains stop and a stable minus temperature is established.
Warming with a layer of mulch will prevent the roots of the tree from freezing. To do this, hilling the trunk circle to a height of 30-40 cm, and apply a layer of peat 5 cm. To avoid breakage of the side branches under the weight of snow, they are tied to the trunk.
Pests and diseases
The fruit tree is most susceptible to the appearance of fungal diseases - scab and powdery mildew. Trees affected by the disease develop cracks, rot and yield significantly lost, and the fruits grow irregularly shaped.
Excessive dampness and lack of ventilation contribute to the appearance of fungal diseases. You can notice the disease at the first stage of the lesion; light spots form on young leaves and stems. Gradually, the spots merge and acquire a dark shade.
Increased dampness can provoke another type of disease - fruit rot, which grows on ripening apples and can completely ruin the harvest.
Comprehensive treatment of apple trees for fungal diseases:
- destruction of the source of infection - diseased leaves, fruits;
- spraying the trunk circle with 10% ammonium nitrate solution;
- use of the drug Skor in early spring;
- spraying with HOM (4%) after flowering;
- wood processing with 7% urea solution before winter.
Autumn destroys or buries all affected plant waste. Many gardeners fight fungal diseases by spraying with a solution of table salt (1 kg) and water (10 liters). Processing is carried out before bud break.
Pests of apples with red pulp
The most dangerous for the apple tree are wood pests - bark beetle, scale insects and ticks. They get inside the bark, which greatly complicates the destruction work. To reduce the number of pests, the bark of a tree is treated with a solution of urea (7%) or copper sulfate (7%).
No less dangerous for the apple tree are pests that feed on leaves and fruits, sucking most of the nutrients from the tree:
- fruit lane,
- apple aphid,
- apple blossom beetle,
- leaf roll,
The first treatment against pests is important to do before bud break, contact of the solution on the opened kidneys may cause burns. Spraying is carried out with a 7% urea solution, the tree and the soil under it are processed.
If after such treatment there is an excessive development of pests on the tree, biological preparations are used: Agravertin, Akarin, Fitoverm, Aurum-S.
At the same time, a protective treatment is being done to increase resistance to diseases and pests, drugs are used: Zircon and Ecoberin. Work on the destruction of pests is carried out before flowering or after within 5-7 days.
Elena: These are unusual apples that were bred in California, and scientists are still working on them. Friends who have tried them speak of an unusual taste with surprisingly berry notes. The fruits do not lose their flavor and light during cooking. Will not turn brown or oxidize. Interestingly, the variety has been bred for over 20 years. Next year I plan to plant it at my place.
Sergey: We have such an apple tree. The color of the fruits during harvest should be greenish-yellow, then they mature and acquire a golden hue, which means that the apples are ready to eat. Often, the fruit quickly falls off the tree.
Albina: I read about apples Pink pearls three years ago, I was eager to plant them on my site. Unfortunately, the seedlings were destroyed by rodents. Now they planted them according to all the rules, we will wait for the results. The trees are only one year old, develop and look very good, the leaves and stems are healthy. I bought seedlings in the nursery, where they gave me detailed instructions, which greatly facilitated planting and care.
Planting Pink Pearl apple trees in the garden is attractive for gardeners interested in exotic plants and aesthetes who will not be left indifferent by the unusual flowering of the fruit tree. High yield and long storage without processing will provide the whole family with vitamins and minerals for a long period.
Apple variety "Pink Pearl". Where to buy and how to plant?
The apple tree is the most common garden tree in central Russia, but most gardeners prefer to grow familiar varieties familiar to everyone.
Nevertheless, we must not forget that more than 20,000 different varieties of apple trees have already been bred in the world, and some of them are of particular interest for their uniqueness. For those who like to experiment on their site, surprising their friends with the look and taste of new varieties, the Pink Pearl apple tree, bred more than half a century ago by Californian breeder Albert Etter, may be of considerable interest.
The apple tree is suitable for both industrial and home cultivation. In the homeland of the variety, in the United States, it has long been loved by gardeners for its simplicity and productivity, especially in the northern states of Oregon and Washington. For many, it is important that the variety is naturally bred on the basis of the Nedzvetsky apple tree - an indigenous variety for China and southwestern Siberia and is not a product of genetic engineering.
"Pink pearl", features and differences
Lovers of unusual varieties "Pink Pearl" conquers literally at first glance at the pulp of the apple. It has a pronounced pink, sometimes even red color with a pearly pearl sheen, fine-grained and very juicy.The taste does not disappoint either: sweet, tart, it contains notes of grapefruit and raspberry.
The translucent skin, dotted with small white dots, can have a yellowish, green or plum color. Apples are mid-winter varieties and can be stored for 3-4 months, which is important for our latitudes.
"Pink Pearl" is especially attractive for those who need to follow a diet and monitor the calorie intake. Fruits saturated with juice contain a minimum of calories, but they have the richest reserves of iron, vitamins and fiber. Juicy pulp fills the stomach and gives a feeling of satisfied hunger.
Astringent notes of apples go well with many products, allowing you to create new interesting dishes on the basis of "Pink Pearl".
How are Pink Pearl apples grown?
There are no special recommendations for growing "Pink Pearls", the same agricultural technology is suitable for it as for other varieties of apples. If it is possible to vaccinate, it is advisable to take one of the varieties with pink fruit pulp for the stock: brown striped, Shtrifel, Robinovka, Borovinka, in Memory of Budagovsky or Suislepskoe. But since the variety is still not particularly common in our country, it is better to purchase a ready-made seedling.
Today, thanks to modern delivery technologies, seedlings can be shipped over fairly long distances without much harm to the trees.
When choosing a planting site, consider the Pink Pearl's love of light and warmth, so avoid lowlands and do not plant too close to shading tall trees or buildings. The composition of the soil is not particularly important, but, like all pink varieties, it needs a well-moistened soil - it tolerates drought very hard. The planting hole must be enriched with humus, providing the plant with a nutrient medium. It is desirable to provide soil drainage, especially in areas where soil water runs close to the surface and on loamy soils.
An adult tree does not reach a great height - no more than 5-7 meters, therefore the variety is considered semi-dwarf. In spring, the tree looks very beautiful, covered with bright pink flowers. By the beginning of August, the fruits ripen, but if you let them hang on the branches for a longer time, they will fill up with even more sweetness, so experienced gardeners timed the harvest to the middle or even the end of August.
Where to buy Pink Pearl?
Currently, the variety of apples "Pink Pearl" began to grow and offer for sale many nurseries in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
If this variety is not yet available on the nearest farm, you can buy seedlings using postage of plants. Addresses and other coordinates of nurseries are easy to find by using a search on the Internet.
The plant is medium-sized - about 4.5 - 4.8 meters, but if not pruned on time, the tree can grow taller than five meters. In the first three years after planting, the growth is about 80 cm, then the annual growth is limited to 50 cm. Annual shoots are light, brown-green. Lentils are small, light, not densely located on the surface of the bark. The leaves of Pink pearls are medium in size, elongated-ovate, with a rounded-wedge-shaped base, green, venation is weak. The edges of the plate, covered with serrated serration, are raised towards the center; the slightly elongated apex is bent downward. The leaf surface is not pubescent, the reverse side has a lighter shade and slight pubescence. The petiole is of medium length or long, not thick, not colored. Stipules subulate. At the time of flowering, the apple tree looks fantastically attractive due to its abundant flowering. The flowers of the variety are bright, pink, five-petal, saucer-shaped. The petals have a rounded top. Sepals are light, pubescent. The inflorescence has about 5 flowers. The buds are elongated, with a pointed tip, growing, pressing against the shoot. Fruiting occurs on the ringlets and the tops of one-year-old shoots.
The most suitable stock for Pink Pearls is MM-111 (medium or vigorous). It is quite frost-resistant, resistant to major diseases. It is convenient to regulate the growth force of the grafted variety on it.
The fruits of the apple tree are oblong-conical in shape, sometimes with a weakly expressed wide ribbing and a slightly sloping top. Average size, weight about 180 grams. But apples can be small at all - about 70 grams, or, on the contrary, large - up to 350 grams. The funnel is narrow and deep, with traces of rusting. The peduncle is not long, of medium thickness. Shallow saucer, medium width, pleated. The cup is half-open. The sub-cup tube is of medium width, long, connected to the seed nest. Seed nests are small, oblong, heart is wide. The skin is shiny, thin and delicate. The main color of the fruit of this variety is very modest, usually light green, sometimes yellowish, and the illusion is often created that the skin is translucent. The integumentary coat may appear as a slight blurry blush of light crimson. The subcutaneous points are light, clearly visible, cover the surface rather densely, the greatest localization is near the apex.
The fruits of the Pink Pearl are full of surprises for those who are just trying these amazing apples for the first time. Under the unremarkable skin, there is an unusual color and taste of pulp. It is painted in a bright crimson color. In structure, it is quite dense, crispy, fine-grained, very juicy and aromatic. But not only the color of the pulp is surprising, but also the taste. Taste qualities, perhaps, cannot be described unambiguously. The taste is sweet and sour, with astringency, with hints of grapefruit and raspberry. But as American gardeners write, the texture of the pulp, the intensity of its color and taste largely depend on the degree of ripening and seasonal conditions. Red pulp contains a large amount of vitamins A, C and B, pectin and very few calories. That is why this apple tree is so popular in dietary nutrition, especially for lowering cholesterol levels.
Here is how one of the American gardeners who has been growing this variety for quite a long time evaluated the fruits of Pink Pearls on a 10-point scale:
- apple flavor - 7
- crunch of pulp - 7
- astringency - 7
- juiciness - 5
- sweetness - 5.
Features of growing pink pearls
- For the variety, you will have to choose very sunny and most windless areas. The apple tree will not bear fruit in the shade, and will simply die in the wind in the winter. Therefore, it can be planted under the protection of higher trees, hedges, walls of buildings.
- The quality of the soil does not play a big role, it can be sandy loam, loam or black soil, the main thing is that it is not overly acidic.
- It is necessary to pay attention to the depth of the groundwater, it must be at least 2-2.5 meters, otherwise the tree may begin to rot. Not the best neighborhood for Pearls is also open water.
- Pits for planting must be prepared in advance, and their size will directly depend on the clod of earth on the roots of the apple tree. On average, when harvesting from the fall, you can dig holes 80 centimeters deep and 1 meter in diameter, this is definitely enough. The top fertile soil layer is mixed with fertilizers, returned back and poured with plenty of water (2-3 buckets).
- The optimal distance between the pits should be 3.5-4 meters, and between the rows not less than 3 meters.
- Immediately before disembarking, drainage (10-15 centimeters) is poured onto the bottom of the holes and stakes for a garter are put in. It can be made from vermiculite, gravel or broken brick.
- Apple trees are placed so that the root collar (grafting site) is about 8-10 centimeters above the soil surface. Otherwise, there is a higher risk of rooting, then all the properties of the stock will be lost, and the growth and development of the tree will slow down.
- Sprinkle apple trees in layers, spilling a small amount of water, trample the soil slightly, pour 10-20 liters of liquid on top, mulch the stem circle with humus, compost or chopped grass.
Seedlings with a closed root system can be planted at any time during the growing season. For such trees, it does not matter at all whether they have leaves or not. Otherwise, it is better to choose autumn or spring, when the leaf fall is over or until the buds are blooming.
Frost and rodent protection
Young trees must be protected from frost, even if it is small and does not last long, since they are vulnerable and tender. To do this, it is recommended to throw spruce branches, straw or hay mats on the near-stem circle. The trunks are wrapped with agrofiber, burlap or nylon tights. If necessary, you can cover Pink pearls using the tent method.
To prevent insects from settling in the near-stem area for the winter, and then spoiling the leaves, fruits and wood, it is necessary to whitewash the stems with lime in the fall. For rodents, lubricating the trunk about 0.5-1 meter with melted lard, grease or industrial products, which are easy to buy in gardening stores, helps well. It does not hurt to regularly treat trees with fungicides and insecticides.
Loosening the soil, watering: proper agricultural technology
All plants love airy, oxygenated soil and this variety is no exception. Therefore, it is necessary to periodically dig up the near-stem area, removing all unnecessary from under it (fallen leaves, weeds, grass, shoots of shrubs and trees). But this will have to be done carefully so as not to damage the roots located close to the surface.
Watering for young trees requires regular watering, about once a week. Water is poured in two steps, in small amounts (10-20 liters). If it rains, then the application of moisture must be stopped. You can be guided by the 10-day rule, that is, water only when there is no rain for a decade. Mature trees are watered with care, avoiding stagnation of moisture.
Pruning: simple crown shaping
The tree is not very prone to thickening of the crown, so pruning will be standard. The central trunk should be shortened by about one third, and all skeletal branches should be made lower and lower in tiers. They initially need to be located far from each other.
Sanitary pruning is also necessary for the apple tree to develop normally. With them, all dry, diseased or damaged branches are removed. Places of cuts must be covered with garden varnish or water-based paint. After 10-15 years, you can rejuvenate, cutting off 2-3 old branches in a year to give space to the young.
The trees are medium-sized, without pruning reach a height of 4.5 m, moderately growing, the annual growth is about 0.5 m.
The flowers are bright pink.
Blossoming apple tree Pink pearls.
Fruits are yellow-green or plum in color with a translucent skin. The pulp is bright red or pink with a pearlescent tint.
Fruit juicy, fine-grained, have a tart taste with the aroma of raspberries and grapefruit. Fruit size is average.
- Marina, 56 years old: “The Pink Pearl variety grows in my country house. I took 2 seedlings from the nursery. Since my soil is clay, in the process of digging I added sand to it. I planted an apple tree in the spring. I got the first fruits in the 2nd year, but I managed to get a full-fledged harvest only in the 4th year. "
- Svetlana, 43 years old: “I have always dreamed of growing unusual varieties of fruit trees at my dacha. Of all the variety, I also have the Pink Pearl apple variety. It is distinguished by its high yield, since I can collect up to 12 kg of fruits from one tree. They are all delicious and juicy. And most importantly, I can store them in the basement for about 4-5 months. "
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Pink Pearl is an unusual apple tree that is characterized by pink flesh. Caring for the crop is simple, but it is necessary to obtain a high-quality and high yield. We also recommend that you read our article, which will tell you how to grow an apple tree from a seed.
Planting and care rules in the early years
In order for the purchased seedling to take root well and delight you with delicious apples for many years, you need to start caring from the very first days. The Pink Pearl variety belongs to medium-sized apple trees, reaching a height of no more than 7 meters. Well-fertilized soil with a groundwater depth of 2.5 meters is suitable for him. Another feature of the variety is that, despite its high frost resistance, it loves well-lit places.
How to plant a seedling correctly:
- Pit preparation. First of all, you need to dig a hole 80 cm deep and the same width. Set aside the top layer of soil separately from the lower, less fertile one. Further, taking into account the composition of the soil, we prepare a dressing consisting of humus, peat, a deposited top layer, and if the soil is clay, then add sand. We drive a stake up to 2 meters high into the center of the pit. Pour the mixed mixture into the pit so that a mound forms.
- Landing. In the center of the filled-in hole, we make a small hole in the volume of the root system. We insert the seedling and trample it around with our feet. It is necessary to plant so that the root collar is not covered with earth. Then we tie up the seedling and water it abundantly.
- Circumcision. Pink pearls, like any other varieties, require crown formation, which begins from the first years of planting. For the full formation of the crown, the apex must be shortened by 3 buds to stimulate the growth of lateral shoots. If there are side branches, they also need to be trimmed so that they are not higher than the top. For those who do this for the first time, it is better to find a photo of the correct crop on the Internet.
- Protection. To prevent hares from gnawing the young bark in winter, in the fall, the young tree must be wrapped. And every spring you need to treat the trunk with lime or more modern means of protection so that the bark is not spoiled by various pests.
- Caring for the trunk circle. Until the tree gains strength, the area around it must be cleared of weeds, regularly loosened and irrigated in a timely manner. Already in the third year, a lawn can be formed around the tree. In the photo on the Internet, you can find options for decorating the lawn and the trunk circle.
- Top dressing. With the correct filling of the hole, the tree need not be fed for the first three years, since there will be enough nutrients in the hole. Further, the roots grow, they will need to be additionally fed with mineral fertilizers. Otherwise, with a lack of nitrogen, the growth and development of the tree will slow down. With a lack of phosphorus, the ovaries will fall off and a change in the taste of the fruits themselves is possible.
Can Pink Pearls be planted among other varieties? Yes, the culture does not lose its qualities when planted in a garden with other trees. On the contrary, this will only contribute to an increase in yield and fruiting.
For those gardeners who like to experiment with varieties and surprise relatives and friends, the Pink Pearl variety will be a highlight not only in the garden, but also on the table.
I am always interested in novelties in gardening and unusual varieties. A lot of interesting and outlandish things are already growing on my site, but for some reason there are no apples with red pulp. This is my omission) I would plant such an apple tree even just for beauty, but if the apples are also tasty, then this variety simply must appear in my collection! Do these apples really have such an unusual taste and aroma, as they write in the article?
I can offer red-meat varieties of apple trees: siren, era, Trinity (for spring 2017) and baya Marisa, pink pearl, for autumn. Also there is a nutmeg variety pitmaston, pear choyuro and secui, also striped bergamot, awesome variety Abbot fetel, there is a paradise pear (not selling yet), 'raspberry miao miao, full resistance of 5 gooseberry varieties to diseases and much more. 0999197980
I really liked the Pink Pearl apple variety, I have never heard of it. We tried to plant an apple tree at the dacha, but in winter we destroyed the rodents. The article says that it is necessary to wrap, now they planted it again, now we will cover our apple tree. The neighbors grew big, there were a lot of apples, such a beauty! We must try this apple variety, we live in Siberia, it is frost-resistant.
Hello. We also have this kind of apple tree.
But somehow it rots. Can you please tell me what to do? Thanks in advance.
Here is a short article on this topic.
If the Pink Pearl apple tree rots, what to do?
It is unpleasant when your favorite fruit trees are sick. It is especially sad if an unusual and rare apple variety, such as Pink Pearl, decays. It is recognized as the most unusual, however, caring for such a tree will require an ordinary one. What to do to prevent rotting? Like other varieties of fruit trees, Pink Pearls will love:
• systematic watering (especially if the tree is young)
• mulching the soil in several layers. Typically, the bottom layer is manure and the top layer is straw to retain moisture.
• seasonal pruning to form the crown and remove unnecessary, diseased branches
• treatment from pests and diseases on schedule.
Every gardener is familiar with these principles of getting a good harvest, if they are followed, but your apple tree rots Pink pearls anyway - the reason may be the wrong planting site.
How and where to plant the Pink Pearl apple tree?
Light and warmth are the basic requirements for this unusual apple tree. Therefore, lowlands are contraindicated, as well as close proximity to other very tall trees or buildings. Pink apple varieties love well-moistened soil, but an excess of moisture can cause rotting of the trunk and intensive reproduction of bacteria or parasites. Therefore, if the groundwater in your area is shallow (for example, loamy soils), you need to take care of drainage.
Why can a structure be a threat to a seedling and an adult tree? Pink pearls belong to medium-tall tree varieties, and their maximum height is 7 meters, tall buildings will shade it.
The requirements for the planting pits are as follows:
• you need to prepare them in advance - at least a week in advance
• the diameter of the hole should be twice as large as the root ball
• if you plan to plant a seedling in the spring, then you need to purchase one whose root system is in a container. When the roots are bare, the Pink Pearl variety should be planted in the fall after the leaves have fallen, choosing a sunny day. In the latter case, it is impractical to lay fertilizer in the pit, it is worth waiting until cold weather or spring comes. Some gardeners practice fertilizing on top of the snow - during the melting process, all nutrients will get with water to the roots of the apple tree.
There are no other distinctive conditions for site selection, and the apple variety is considered well adapted for cultivation in central Russia.
A bad seedling is the cause of disease
If a properly planted tree begins to rot, despite treatment with drugs, treatment and repair of wounds, cracks, hollows and whitewashing of the trunk, then it is possible that the seedling was initially defective and weak. The Pink Pearl variety is still a rare guest in our country, and you have to order a tree by mail. The seedlings take the journey well, but you won't be able to see what you are buying.
Ideally, it should be like this:
• the root system is protected by packaging to avoid damage and wilting of the roots, then the tree will take root faster and will be able to withstand negative factors
• choose trusted Internet sites for purchase, carefully study reviews and monitor customer statements: from time to time people share negative experiences, but sellers like to delete such opinions. If there is an opportunity to buy a seedling in a nursery, prefer this option.
• up to a year, the seedling is a naked stalk without branches, by the "anniversary" of 2-3 years the number of branches will be appropriate
• the trunk must be clean and the bark intact.
Strongly moisturized roots of the tree indicate that the seedling was kept in water for a long time. This is how sellers try to preserve their presentation, but this trick can lead to decay.
A sapling with leaves looks attractive, but it takes root worse than its “bald” sibling. Strong branches with a wide range are a sign of a healthy tree, and it is also very important not to overlook the lesions at the time of purchase and planting. If you follow all these rules, then the Pink Pearl apple tree will not rot, and will delight you with tart unusual fruits for many years.
Personally, I am suspicious of any experimental results there. Crossbreeding of different types of apples is one thing, but when strawberries, raspberries and apples are combined ... There is something not pure. It smacks of genetic modification. Likewise, I would not eat yellow watermelons and blue carrots. I don't understand why such experiments are needed: if you want raspberries - wait for summer, if you want apples - wait for autumn. Be sure to mix everything and eat right here and now.
article, and the apples themselves also look interesting, especially in the context, I really wanted to
eat such a miracle! But, probably, the process of selection of a new
varieties of apples, and then wait for the result - which fruit will turn out at the end
labor and effort expended. However, it is written that these apples do not darken and do not
are oxidized, is this possible?
The color of the fruits, when they need to be removed from the tree, should be green-yellow, during storage the apples are aged and the skin becomes golden-yellow in color, which means that the fruits are ready for consumption.