You could contact the
New Zealand Treecrop Asc.
. They have a webpage with apple links here
There is a group in the South that concerns itself with the preservation of heritage apple species. They collect information and grafting material from abandoned household orchards, wild trees, and suchlike sources. I think they are based in Riverton. Perhaps they are also on the list in Peter's link.
have just received the 'Edible Garden' catalogue.. it's not in there but they may be able to help.
Found the South Coast Environment Society and they dont have the Ashmead's Kernel in the orchard list... but the Heritage Apple tree project is still an unfinished project.
Will post the websites tomorrow for you to look at.
I seem to spend my days hunting down trees at the moment... so will try and track it down for you. So far found it listed in the English, Canadian and US pages.
i have been looking for Ashmeads Kernel on lots of NZ websites - it does not seem to be here - at least not as an identified variety.
I've been keen to get my hands on it for a few years now, ever since i read that it grows really easy from cuttings - most apples don't.
Now I have the time to put in the two websites I found re South Coast Environment Society.
First a story:
There is a list of varieties for 2011 and 2012.
The Ashmead's Kernel is not on these fruit tree lists.
There is a possibility that the apple could be under another name because its name was forgotten over the years.
See if you can recognise anything in the Southland Heritage Apple Gallery pages...
Im intrigued by the 2011 Black Prince apple.
I hope we can all get behind them and support their work!
ok, I've contacted them and we shall see what they say about the Ashmead's Kernel...
For the past two winters, i have bought scionwood from SCES - it's a great project, and good fun to grow varieties you won't find in a garden centre. I'm afraid i'm addicted[:0] , and the support factor is just a nice side benefit
So far no leads on the Ashmead's kernel in NZ.
It is not known to Diack's Nursery Invercargill or their growers. They suggested the Granny Smith in its place.
SCES reply: quote:
"Armsteads kernal was sold by Auckland and Dunedin nurseries in the 1880's and could well have been sold other areas about that time."
I cant find any apple by the name of "Armsteads Kernel"... could have been a typo.
Shall contact Kay at Koanga Institute and see what she knows!
Blueberry: that is really great. Lol... I like that you find it addictive! It means grafting rare/ Heritage apple trees is something you can get really excited about and it is also something worth spending your time on.
It is something I cant wait to get into... a bit of learning to do in the meantime though.
Tell me, is grafting scion wood something you can do while on the move?? Or would it mean being a little bit more organised and patient if on the move to accomplish it?
Just something Im thinking about...
for us lay people, to give the tree a better chance, it's best to graft onto a rootstock that is established - meaning one that's planted. that can be a pot, does not necessarily have to be in the ground. so, yes, even while on the move, you could get yourself some rootstocks from either Koanga or Thunder Mountain nurseries, plant them in pots, and them graft onto those.
i have three dozen quince seedlings in pots which i plan on grafting with Winter Banana this winter ( ) - i read somewhere that Winter Banana is also a good interstock to graft apple onto quince, cause I learned that not all apples are suitable for quince.
On the subject of apple trees, growing from cuttings:
I took several cuttings from a giant and very old-looking apple tree growing on the site of the Glenhope railway station, in January this year. To my great delight they are GROWING...! as are the cuttings from its neighbour plum tree. I have no idea what either are but hopefully will one day find out.
Old railway lines (and also roadways) are a great source of 'interesting' apple trees, owing to passengers' habit of biffing cores out the windows. I got hold of an excellent russet apple that way years ago and am always hoping to repeat the excitement!
Thanks for that info and encouragement Blueberry. Exciting to know that grafting can be done on the move!!
As to the Ashmead's Kernel apple... it is not in the Koanga Institute collection or known to them, but that is not to say it is not in NZ under another name... sorry.
How important is it to locate the apple??