Varieties and rootstock

Quality nursery stock: the foundation of a good orchard

The team at Olea Nurseries strives to deliver quality trees and is constantly looking to source new rootstocks and varieties for both commercial growers and the retail sector. All the apple trees at Olea Nursery are grown on rootstock they have propagated themselves. Luigi and Angelina Bazzani established the nursery in 1966. Their [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Grafting, Varieties and rootstock, WA|

Be Smitten® by Montague’s new apple

Picking of Montague’s newest apple brand - the early-season Smitten® - kicks off this week, aptly coinciding with Valentine’s Day. The bi-coloured, crisp and full flavoured apple is available this week in selected Queensland Coles stores and will be available on Victorian and New South Wales Coles shelves from next week. Brad and Glynn [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|News, Varieties and rootstock|

Rootstock choices offer powerful productivity tool

Strategic rootstock selection has a key role to play in driving the productivity of the future orchard system, growers at the well-attended spring Future Orchards® walks late last year were told. Rootstocks, once established, will underpin the orchard for decades.  While it is critical to continue selecting rootstocks based on productivity traits, there will be [...]

By |January 10th, 2018|Future Orchards, News, Varieties and rootstock|

Plans to boost adoption of certified trees

A new project aims to capitalise on the known production benefits of planting apple and pear trees certified under the Australian Pome Fruit Improvement Program (APFIP) by identifying ways to increase their adoption and investigating a more self-sustaining certification system. The new APFIP project aims to capitalise on the known production benefits of planting [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|APFIP, Pests, diseases and weeds, Varieties and rootstock|

Kanzi doubles production in 2017

Australian Kanzi Apple growers marketed 1,600,000 kg of class one Kanzi in Australia in 2017, double last year's production. Batlow Kanzi apple grower, packer and marketer Rob Cathels says despite the increased crop, fruit sales were completed nationally within the planned 12 week marketing window, from early April to early July. Growers and marketers have successfully [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Marketing, News, Varieties and rootstock|

Future Orchards walks – Spring 2017

Rootstock selection will be the theme of the  Future Orchards® spring walks planned for November 2017, continuing the theme of ‘Future Trees’. AgFirst consultant Ross Wilson and Tom Auvil of North American Plants will join the northern loop walks.  In the Southern Loop, guest speakers will be Craig Hornblow of AgFirst and Nicola Dallabetta from Fondazione [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Future Orchards, News, Varieties and rootstock|

Pros and cons of club varieties

After exploring how to choose a new variety last issue with Steve Spark, AgFirst’s John Wilton shows us the ins and outs of managed club varieties.  High colour sports are now raising colour standards: Lady in Red is on the left, standard Cripps Pink on the right. Since the Australian apple industry trade [...]

By |August 1st, 2017|Future Orchards, Varieties and rootstock|

Apple brands – factors of success

Presentation given by Michael Weber, Horticultural Consultant, Germany, at the Future Orchards® winter walks, June 2017: Download: Apple brands - factors of success

By |July 28th, 2017|Branding, Varieties and rootstock|

Innovation the family way at Montague

When Bill Montague planted Jonathan, Statesmen and Stewart Seedling apples in 1950 little could he have foreseen that almost 70 years later his one-man-band would have become a thriving operation marketing in excess of 58,000 tonnes of fruit a year and a byword for industry innovation and excellence. Like those first apple trees planted in [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Branding, Profile, Varieties and rootstock, Victoria|

What varieties should I plant?

No matter where you grow pome fruit in the world, every grower at one time or another will ask themselves, ‘What variety should I plant?’. Although a simple question, it can prove one of the most difficult to answer. Some growers are perceived to be more adept at picking variety ‘winners’ than others. My experience [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Future Orchards, Varieties and rootstock|