Q: Why are the trunks of the
trees painted white?
A: The white paint reflects solar heat in the
winter to prevent the bark from splitting.
Q: How do you know when the
apples are ripe?
A: Lift an apple gently with a twist and the apple
will fall off in your hand. When cut open the seeds are brown.
Q: Are the trees in this orchard
raised from seed?
A: These trees have not been raised from seeds.
They are cloned (grafted) from the original apple tree, which was raised from seed.
Some of these varieties are 100 years old, while others are just a few years old.
Q: How do you get different
apples on one tree?
A: The apples are grafted (cloned) on particular
branches when the tree is young.