So, I took a look at my apple store over this weekend. It being February, the apples have been in there a number of months.
In previous years I haven't had a massive amount of success storing apples but I've learnt some lessons (secure the store against rodents, don't store windfalls) and I'm getting better results.
This autumn, for the first time, I decided to store apples from different trees in separate trays, instead of mixing them up.
Huge difference in success rates! We have four trees. The trays from three of them (two eaters and a cooker) are pretty clean and the apples have lasted well. The trays from the fourth tree (a cooker) are 100% brown and unusable.
Maybe this was my problem all along in previous years! Mixing them up, I just didn't realise that one variety was rotting out the whole store.
Is it normal for one variety to completely fail to store? Is store-ability widely variable depending on variety?