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USDA Organic Liberty Apple
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The Liberty Apple Tree may not be well known, but when planning the backyard orchard, smart homeowners who do their research give this one top billing. Bred to be naturally resistant to many of the diseases that affect other Apple Trees, it’s a no-brainer for those who wish to garden organically and not spray toxic chemicals on food their family is going to eat. Oh, and the flavor? This is one satisfying apple! Liberty is a juicy, aromatic, tangy apple with vinous (wine-like) undertones. It’s delectable right off the tree when picked at the peak of ripeness, and it also makes a delightful pink-tinted applesauce when you leave in some of the rich red peels.
Tread lightly, shrink your footprint, and let yourself grow with USDA Certified Organic Trees. Organic farming has sprung up drastically in importance and influence, spreading worldwide the philosophy of deeply rooting nature in harmony and enriching the soil we stand upon. Benefitting the gardner, enhancing biodiversity, preserving nature's wildlife, and a true direction to protecting our environment. Choosing organic trees on your property, whether they are fruit, nut, ornamental, or shade trees, begins with their soil and cultivates change taking root in your backyard. Take one BIG TREE step for your garden, and one giant leap towards a greener world.
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The Liberty Apple Tree was not a chance seedling, but the result of a carefully orchestrated marriage of trees with specific traits. In 1955, plant breeders at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva chose ‘Macoun’ to be the mother of the new Apple Tree. Macoun is another release from the Geneva research station that scores sky-high on flavor but low on disease resistance. To boost Liberty’s immunity to diseases, it was sired by a relative of Malus floribunda, the robust Japanese Flowering Crabapple. The Liberty Apple Tree isn’t immune to all of the pests and diseases that afflict Apples, but it is far more resistant than most.
Liberty is the perfect Apple Tree for the beginning fruit tree grower. Besides being disease resistant, it naturally develops a strong, sturdy branching habit, it fruits at a young age, and it sets heavy crops annually (some Apple Trees have better crops every other year). In fact, you may need to thin the fruits during the first few years, so the branches can support a hefty crop of apples.
What does it mean to be USDA Organically grown?
- USDA Organic crops are grown exclusively on land that has gone without having non-USDA Organic approved substances applied for three years.
- No pesticides for us, please! Organically grown crops are highly regulated on what can and cannot be used for pest control—worried about harsh chemicals that have been sprayed on your plant? There is only a small number of approved synthetic chemicals that are allowed to be used. Otherwise, farmers use strict biological, mechanical, and physical management practices.
- Not just any type of seeds are used to grow and harvest organic plants: farmers can only use organic seeds or organically raised seedlings in their organic fields.
- Only the best handling is allowed! Organic and non-organic crops are not allowed to be commingled or near each other. Cross-contamination can occur, botching the organic plant's purity due to non-organic substances that could have been sprayed on non-organic harvests; this would cause the organic plant to be considered compromised.
- Fields are carefully cultivated through crop rotation and proper tillage practices to ensure that the soil and the soil's nutrients are kept at a happy balance. Animal manure, not sludge, is allowed to help infuse the soil with nitrogen to support the growth of the organic crops.
How to Grow
Apple Trees prefer good garden soil but will grow in clay provided drainage is good. Choose a site in full sun where air circulates freely. Avoid low spots where late frosts can strike in spring and damage the blossoms; this is especially important with Liberty, because it is an early-flowering variety. You will need another early- to mid-season-blooming Apple or Crabapple Tree nearby to pollinate Liberty’s flowers and ensure good fruit set. There are many potential pollinators to choose from, such as Braeburn Apple or Royal Raindrops® Crabapple. Liberty has few disease issues, but if a problem does arise, please don’t hesitate to ask our expert growers for help at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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