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Apple, Golden Dorsett

Apple, Golden Dorsett

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Dorsett Golden Apple (Malus domestica 'Dorsett Golden') is a low-chill apple variety well-suited for warmer climates. The apples are medium-sized, with a yellow skin often flushed with a pinkish-red blush. The flesh is firm, crisp, and sweet, making them excellent for fresh eating and cooking.

Hardiness Zones: Suitable for USDA hardiness zones 5-9. It is especially popular in regions with mild winters, such as the southern United States and coastal areas of California.

Height and Width

Height: Typically grows to a height of 10-20 feet (3-6 meters) depending on the rootstock and growing conditions.

Width: Spreads to a width of 10-15 feet (3-4.5 meters).

Uses

Fresh Eating: The sweet and crisp apples are perfect for fresh consumption.

Culinary: Ideal for baking, making applesauce, and other culinary uses. The apples hold their shape well when cooked.

Pollinator: Often planted alongside other apple varieties like 'Anna' for cross-pollination, enhancing fruit set and yield.

Native Range: The Dorsett Golden apple is not native to any specific region; it was discovered in the Bahamas. It is a cultivated variety developed to thrive in warm climates with low chill requirements.

Planting and Care

1. Site Selection: Choose a location with full sun exposure (at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily) and good air circulation to reduce disease risk.

2. Soil: Prefers well-draining, loamy soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Amend soil with organic matter to improve fertility and drainage if necessary.

3. Watering: Water young trees regularly to establish roots. Once established, water deeply but infrequently, especially during dry periods.

4. Fertilization: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring before new growth begins. Additional feeding during the growing season may enhance growth and fruit production.

5. Pruning: Prune in late winter while the tree is dormant. Remove dead, diseased, or crossing branches to promote good structure and airflow.

6. Mulching: Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree to retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds.

Pests and Diseases

Pests: Be vigilant for common apple pests such as aphids, apple maggots, and codling moths. Use organic or chemical pest control methods as needed.

Diseases: Monitor for apple scab, powdery mildew, and fire blight. Ensure good air circulation and avoid overhead watering to reduce disease risk.

Pollination

Pollination: Dorsett Golden requires cross-pollination with another apple variety that blooms at the same time. 'Anna' apple is a popular choice for this purpose, as it has similar low-chill requirements.

Additional Tips

Thinning: Thin the fruit in early summer to prevent branches from breaking under the weight of too many apples and to improve the size and quality of the remaining fruit.

Harvesting: Dorsett Golden apples are typically ready for harvest in early to mid-summer. The exact timing can vary depending on the local climate.

 

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