Apple variety "Gift to the Count": description and cultivation
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Apple variety Gift to the Count has long won the sympathy of gardeners due to its excellent fruit taste and unpretentious character. This species consistently yields a good harvest every season and does not require careful maintenance. In this article, we will provide a description of the variety itself, as well as recommendations for growing, care and talk about some of the features of the apple tree.
Features of the variety
Gardeners describe the "Gift to the Count" variety as a very unpretentious tree that can be grown in the middle lane and even in some northern regions of Russia. This apple tree has excellent frost resistance, and not every fruit variety can boast of this.
The description should include the fact that the tree grows quite tall and you have to collect fruits with the help of stepladders in order to reach the top of the crown. The crown is wide and spreading, on which there is always a lot of foliage. "Gift to the Count" usually grows and develops rapidly, and the fruits can already be harvested several years after planting. Usually, apple trees give a harvest in 4-5 years under comfortable conditions and proper care.
Description of appearance: branches and trunk have a grayish tint, foliage is medium in size, has a wavy shape. Medium-sized branches that form a neat crown. During flowering, white-pink small flowers appear.
Gardeners describe the fruits - large and heavy. Under favorable conditions and regular feeding, apples can reach a mass of 300 grams. When ripe, it is yellow with red and crimson sides. The rind is of medium thickness. There are very few seeds inside the apple. The fruit has a sweet and sour taste, and it also retains a pleasant aroma for a long time. Very juicy and hard apples, and at the same time they keep well.
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When growing the "Gift to the Count" variety, it is desirable to take into account some features. It is not recommended to plant other plants near the apple tree, as this can harm it, and significantly reduce the yield. For an adult tree, this situation will not be a problem, but for a young seedling it is an important factor.
Planting should be done in mid-spring or autumn. Better for this is very suitable, since from the new season the first buds may already appear and flowering may begin. Nothing special is needed for landing. It is enough to dig a hole of a suitable size so that the root system can fit freely there. Dried or damaged scions must be removed and then smoothed out. After that, you can place the tree in the hole and cover it with earth evenly. The earth does not need to be tamped, it is enough just to compact it so that the tree stands level.
When planting is complete, drive a small peg into the ground and tie the apple tree to it. This will allow it to root in the ground without any problems, and will also help to stand still when strong winds appear.
When growing the "Gift to the Count" variety, it is advisable to periodically pull up large weeds that sprout near the tree. The soil should be periodically loosened so that water and air can better flow to the rhizome. Watering should be done at least once a week. For a small seedling, a few buckets will be enough. For a 2-3 year old tree, the volume of water must be increased.
Since the description of the "Gift" to the Count "variety indicates that it is not particularly whimsical to the surrounding climate and does not require careful maintenance, you should not ignore the elementary measures.
When growing this apple tree, it is advisable to cut dry small branches in the spring and autumn after harvesting. This will make it possible to better nourish young pagons, retaining more nutrients and minerals.
An adult tree will already have a developed root system and most of its water will come from groundwater. However, this does not mean that it will not need to be watered at all. It is advisable to fill in several buckets of water once a week, and also monitor the condition of the sheets. If their tips dry out, this means that the apple tree does not have enough moisture, and watering needs to be increased in volume and done more often. This is especially important in dry times, when the soil loses a lot of moisture and the plant itself.
For a young seedling, it is very important to periodically apply top dressing to the soil. This is not necessary, but in order for the tree to grow faster and the fruits can be harvested earlier, you need to provide a sufficient amount of minerals and nutrients for the rhizome.
Advantages and disadvantages
The advantages of the "Gift to the Count" apple tree include its excellent endurance and frost resistance. The first fruits may appear in the second or third year, and a larger crop can be harvested in 5-6 years. The fruits are large and juicy, well stored and transported.
This variety has no particular drawbacks.
The "gift to the count" gives a very good harvest every year. Since there are quite a lot of fruits on the branches, and they are heavy, you need to make sure that the crown can withstand the apples. You can remove several fruits from the branches towards the end of September, removing the load. These apples can ripen in a dry place, and those that remain on the tree will continue to pour.
Basically, all apples are ripe by mid-autumn. In order to be able to store these fruits for a long time and without damage, you need to do this in the refrigerator, maintaining zero degrees. If you do not have this opportunity, then you can store it in the basement, where it should be cool and dry.
Diseases and pests
"Gift to the Count" is resistant to various diseases and insects. For this reason, when growing, these problems will not bother gardeners. Of course, if possible, then as a preventive measure, the tree can be treated with special preparations, but usually this is not necessary.
When characteristic signs of the disease appear (on the trunk and leaves), you can consult with specialists.
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