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Apple : CHIEFTAIN Large Semi-Dwarf (B118)


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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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Pollenator definitions
Some trees and many berry plants are SELF-FERTILE ̶means the insect pollinators or even the wind can pollinate the blossoms without the need of a second tree.
NEEDS A POLLENIZER ̶ means another tree of the same type or kind but a different variety must be blooming nearby at the same time.
EXAMPLE A Liberty apple and a Wealthy apple can cross-pollinate. Two trees of the same variety ie: ̶ 2 Wealthy apples, cannot cross pollinate because they are genetically identical.
Other trees are marked as SEMI-FERTILE. These will set fruit without a second tree. However they will often bear more, and sometimes larger fruit if another variety of the same kind of tree is nearby.
You can select 2 different trees of the same kind marked as NEEDS A POLLENIZER or plant one of those along with one SELF-FERTILE or one SEMI-FERTILE. Also consider ripening times ̶ a Goldrush apple might not start blooming before a Pristine is finished.

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