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Top 10 apple varieties suitable for organic growing
These are apple varieties which are suitable for growing organically. They are either strong old-fashioned trouble-free varieties which do not seem to be bothered by the usual apple diseases of scab, canker, or mildew - or modern disease-resistant varieties.
Very late-season(4) Eat | Cook | Cider
GoldRush is another variety with almost across-the-board disease-resistance, the only chink in its armor is susceptibility to cedar apple rust. However it has perhaps the best flavor of all the disease-resistant varieties, and can be grown almost anywhere.
Early-season(4) Eat | Cook | Juicing
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An attractive early season variety with a nicely-balanced flavor and trouble-free in most climates.
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One of the great attractions of growing your own fruit trees is that you can decide exactly how you want the trees to grow. Many gardeners now prefer an organic, or better still, an "un-treated" or "no spray" regime where the trees are grown without the use of any chemical pesticides and herbicides. Most new community orchard projects also adopt organic or no-spray principles.
In a backyard or community orchard situation where outright production is not the main priority, almost any apple variety can be grown organically. You will probably get a slightly reduced crop - but you will have the benefit of knowing that the fruit has been grown entirely free of chemical contamination and is as healthy as possible.
However there are some varieties which are particularly worth considering if you want to grow apple trees without chemicals and sprays. These are generally trouble-free and disease-resistant varieties that do not seem to be bothered by the usual apple diseases of scab, canker, or mildew. Interestingly whilst some of the varieties we recommend are very modern ones which have been specifically developed to incorporate genes for disease resistance, some are older varieties which have a proven track record of being disease-free.
It is worth noting that most crab apples are also suitable for growing without herbicides and pesticides.
Finally remember that disease-resistant does not mean disease-proof - your trees will still benefit from a helping hand. Applying a protective mulch around the base is one of the best ways to help them establish, as it suppresses competing weeds and strong healthy trees are better able to fight of diseases.