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Tater House
Tater House
Tater House Apple Fall-Winter. Unknown parentage. New Sweden, Aroostook County, ME, about 1980.

Extremely hardy volunteer seedling discovered in 1998 growing on the earthen berm beside a potato storage house in northern Maine.

Absolutely magnificent big perfectly shaped beautiful red-violet fruit. The smooth and shiny skin is reminiscent of a ripe eggplant. Somewhat ribbed, but the overall appearance is round. Decidedly tart but excellent fresh eating by late September. The flavor improves right into January.

Does not cook down quickly but makes a very decent sauce. Skins have a nice flavor. Not a single-variety pie apple though could be good in a blend. We grafted it at our place and it has been fruiting now for several years. We’ve become big fans.

Cammy says, “I love them. They’re delicious.” Chris Drew, another fan and former head ranger at Baxter State Park named it.

Keeps remarkably well. No scab. Blooms mid-late season. Z3-5. Maine Grown. (3-6' trees)

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Additional Information


All apple trees require a second variety for pollination, but any apple or crabapple blooming at the same time, within a quarter mile, will probably do.

Planting distance depends on the rootstock:
Plant standard trees (A) 25-30' apart.
Plant Bud 118 (B) rootstocks 20-25' apart.
Plant M111 (C) rootstocks 15-20' apart.
Plant Bud 9 (D) rootstocks 5-10' apart.

Each apple variety has a climate range where it will thrive and produce its best fruit. At the end of each apple description we list a range of zones. For example, Z3-4 signifies that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 3 and 4 and that we don’t recommend it farther south even though it would be plenty hardy. Z4-6 means that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 4, 5 or 6. Although we have received reports from southern areas that some of our rarest Maine apples are thriving, we suggest you use this guide to select apples most appropriate to your area.

Varieties bearing annually are noted; others normally bear every other year. With diligent annual pruning and thinning, most apples will produce an annual crop, one heavy, the next light.

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• Click here for our interactive chart Pick the Right Apple.
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