An 'orchard grade' is a tree that may be on the shorter side, may be crooked or with slight damage. These trees will still produce the very same fruit as a first or number 1 will. They may need to be staked and they do need regular watering, fertilizer and protection from weeds and hungry animals. All trees will benefit from pruning.
How many trains can you miss and still get to where you want to go? A lot, according to Chieftain. This impressive apple was developed back in 1917 by Spencer Beach at Iowa State University, but for some reason was not released until 1966 and now after the 100 year mark, it is finally gaining the recognition it deserves. Chieftain seems to combine some of the best attributes of both it's prominent parents - Jonathan and Red Delicious. Under the deep, rosy red skin you'll find crisp, juicy flesh with a rich, sweet and honeyed flavour balanced by a spicy tang. Chieftain is an excellent, tasty apple for fresh eating or baking and will store for about 3 months. As an added bonus, the tree is easy to grow, crops well, and is highly resistant to scab and fireblight.
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