Conditions bode well for 2017 NZ apple crop, says Bostock
One of New Zealand's largest apple growers says the country's main growing region Hawke's Bay is set for a "solid season" in 2017 with the help of hot, sunny weather.
"Warm, dry conditions are ideal when trees are in bloom - we have had some really hot days in Hawke’s Bay, with temperatures reaching the mid 20s and indications show it’s a strong bud," Bostock said.
"When the sun is shining, bees are out doing their bit to pollinate the blossoming orchards – then it’s up to our team to do everything possible to see a high quality crop through to export."
Bostock also drew attention to new varieties starting to produce fruit with higher color and sweeter taste, geared toward consumers in Asian markets.
Bostock New Zealand planted up big in new varieties during the winter months, replacing old apple varieties.
"We planted about 4000 trees a day during the winter and these trees are now starting to take off with the warmer weather," he said.
The new apple tree varieties include Premier Star, TCL3 and Kingsbeer Red.
“We will be getting the first samples of these new crops this coming season, so we are excited to meet the international consumer demand with bright red, sweet, juicy apples.
“Organic apples are seeing consistent growth in export markets and we are actively focused on keeping the quality of the fruit high.”