Apple Pollination......Granny Smith and McIntosh?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by chicken boy sam, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    I want to grow a few apple trees. I LOVE these 2 types of apples..... Granny Smith and McIntosh. I know they will need to cross pollinated, so will these bloom at the same time? If not, what will cross pollinate with McIntosh and when do these two apples bloom? I think Granny Smith is early, but I'm still unsure.......
  2. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2008
    New Durham NH
    If I were you, I would call your state ag office, and get the number or address of a local Orchard to you, and go for a visit. Here in NH, we can not grow Granny Smith with any hope of fruit, as there simply is not enough time for the fruit to mature. the plant blooms too early and the bees are still to cold to get to them, and they often loose thier flowers to an untimely frost. But we grow Macs prety well!!

    If you can not find a local orchard, call a nursery nearby to you, one that has been around for a long time, and has knowledgable staff, not your local lowes or walmart. They also could tell you about your specific region, and what does well there!

    And one last thought, you should try a Honey Crisp apple this fall, if you like apples, this newer type is top of the line in my humble opinion, YUMMY!

    Good Luck!
  3. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    Okay...we have a huge, 320 acre orchard, which mainly consists of apples [​IMG] I'll just go to their store and see which apples are on their trees right now... Anyone else who could help? Also, could I plant two McIntosh's and have the pollinate each other, or would that not work?
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2010

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