SCARLET SPUR (II)
Scarlet Spur is the new and improved variety of red delicious. Scarlet spur is a “sport” of Oregon spur and was invented in 1980 by William G. Evans and Don R. Snipes in Yakima city of Washington. Scarlet spur two is mutation of scarlet spur and have all the characteristics of its parent and gets fully colored before 3 days from the parent. Scarlet spur and Scarlet spur two is a Van Well Nursery exclusive premier variety.
• Mutation of Oregon spur
• Mid-early Bloom
• Fruit size 70-85mm
• Spur type tree
• Growth is moderate to weak
• Pollinated by Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Gala
• Full intense blushed color at harvest
• Fruit flesh is crispy and juicy
• Good storage quality
It is a medium sized tree, slow growing with spur type characteristics. It is believed that it is not suitable for higher elevations of Himachal Hills. However, it performs well in altitude range of 4500-6500 feet above mean sea-level. The tree is very productive and is the most promising commercial cultivar of the state. Top working old plants with scarlet spur has been found very productive. The growth of scarlet spur is moderate to weak, so a strong root stock is recommended. Scarlet spur gets pollinated by Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Gala. Sometimes heavy cropping has been reported, so the excess fruit needs to be thinned in order to get high quality fruit. Excess fruit thinning also reduces the chance of alternate bearing. Scarlet spur is susceptible to apple scab and canker so proper attention is needed.
The fruit of Scarlet spur is excellent in size and starts coloring (blush red color) 30 days earlier to its parent Oregon spur. The red color is also seen on the stem as well. It differs from the parent in color type, Oregon spur has stripes whereas Scarlet spur has blushed type red color. The fruit of the scarlet spur at harvest has fully intense blushed color with white flesh. The fruit has excellent coloring even under unfavorable conditions and can be harvested before all other red-delicious cultivars. The shape of the fruit is not completely uniform: it may vary from oblong to slightly flat.