By: Teo Spengler
Apple lovers who have been longing for a Gala-type fruit with just a little more complexity can consider Sansa apple trees. They taste like Galas, but the sweetness is balanced by just a touch of tartness. If you are considering Sansa apple tree growing, read on. You’ll find more information on Sansa apple trees and tips on how to grow them in the garden.
Not everyone is familiar with the delicious Sansa apple. Sansa apple trees produce a delicious, juicy apple hybrid, resulting from a cross between Galas and a Japanese apple called Akane. Akane itself is a cross between Jonathan and Worcester Permain.
If you start Sansa apple tree growing, your orchard will produce some of the first truly sweet apples of the season. They ripen late summer through fall and are ideal for eating right off the tree.
If you are thinking of Sansa apple tree growing, you’ll want to know all about Sansa apple tree care. Fortunately, Sansa apple trees are easy to grow and maintain. You’ll do best if you live in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9 but, fortunately, that includes a large chunk of the nation.
Sansa apple tree care in appropriate zones is quite easy. The variety is resistant to both apple scab and fire blight.
Plant the Sansa apple tree is a spot that gets sunshine at least half a day. The tree, like most apple trees, requires well-draining, loamy soil and adequate water. Consider the mature height of the tree when you are selecting a site. These trees can grow to 16 feet (3.5 m.) tall.
One issue of Sansa apple tree care is that these trees require another apple tree variety planted fairly close by in order for optimal pollination. If your neighbor has a tree, that might do just fine to get good fruit set.
You won’t be able to count on eating crunchy apples the year you plant. You will probably have to wait two to three years after transplant to see fruit, but well worth the wait.
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Over 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States alone and over 7,500 worldwide. Those recommended in this publication were selected for overall popularity, ability to grow in Utah, and general availability. Some listed varieties are less common and may need to be purchased via mail-order or from online retailers.
As with most things, proper planning helps ensure success. This principle applies to successfully growing apples in the home orchard. Aspects to consider before purchasing include soil testing, appropriate site selection and choosing suitable varieties. Once planted, it is necessary to be familiar with how to care for trees. Principles of care include pruning thinning and harvesting techniques and pest and disease management.
Origin: From the United States in the 1840s.
Flavor: Juicy and said to be sub-acid.
The Arkansas Black is primarily known for two main things: its incredibly hard texture and its long keeping ability. They’re also perfect apples for making cider.
Find more information on the Arkansas Black here, and buy Arkansas Black apple trees here.
Since there are quite a few details to remember before you get busy picking, here’s a quick review:
Start with a good idea of when your crop should be ready. Check the estimated ripening time for your cultivar, take the weather into account, and consider your crop load.
When you’re ready to test an apple for maturity, examine the color of both the skin and the flesh, give it a squeeze, do a stem test, and finally, let your taste buds be the final judge.
Now that you know how to manage your apple harvest, you’ll have a sweet bounty that’s ready to eat, bake with, and put up for the winter. That’s what I call living the good life!
Have you ever experienced any unusual challenges with harvesting your apples? Let us know in the comments below!
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Kristina Hicks-Hamblin lives on a dryland permaculture homestead in the high desert of Utah. Originally from the temperate suburbs of North Carolina, she enjoys discovering ways to meet a climate challenge. She is a Certified Permaculture Designer and a Building Biology Environmental Consultant, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Kristina loves the challenges of dryland gardening and teaching others to use climate compatible gardening techniques, and she strives towards creating gardens where there are as many birds and bees as there are edibles. Kristina considers it a point of pride that she spends more money on seeds each year than she does on clothes.