Growing apple tree's

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  1. bee_wrangler

    bee_wrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am looking to grow about 30 or 40 apple tree's from seed. I have grown them from seed before but they did not turn out as good as I hoped. I have since found out that due to most apple tree's are now grafted the tree from seeds will not taiste like the apple they came from. I am wondering if anyone knows a type of apple that has good seeds for planting. I know I could buy the saplings but for that many tree's it would cost too much, or at least more than I can afford lol.
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Buy one bigger tree an the root stock an make your own grafts. A seed tree will take 7 to 10 years to see what the apples will be like. If you graft you can make trees that have apples in 4 years an know what you will get from the start. I have one of each, gold D, Red D an a granny smith. I plan to buy root stock later. I have $60 in the trees an expect about $.60 each for the root stock.
     
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  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Grafts are best, you can even graft more than one type of apple on one tree, not that hard.

    Now the bad news about seeds.

    The apple you have is from the mother tree, trouble you will not know what type the male tree fertilize the seed, could even have been a crab apple. So if the bees flew from a crab apple tree to your apple tree the seeds are worthless, or could be a cross of other type. Only way to be sure of type of apple is to graft from a known tree. The fruit is alway true to the tree, but not the seeds!!!!

    My father was an expert when it came to trees. Most tree produce blooms of both male and female blooms. Some trees are either male or female, like hollys then you need both to get the berrys. Apple have both, but just think, if the bees go from one type to another you have a cross seeds.

    Easy to graft in the spring, before the buds open.
     
  4. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

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    if you are getting that many , i would look in too if you need to spry them for apple magit ect. My mom works for NSFGA, check there website out. http://www.nsapples.com/intrnsfg.htm. works with apples and apple farmers every day [​IMG]
     
  5. bee_wrangler

    bee_wrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies, glad I posted this. I am going to go with the grafted tree's and plant a few seeds for the deer to eat. Sounds like grafting could turn out to be another fun hobby too! I will have to start saving up for the spring haha.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You won't get true fruits and often you won't get fruit at all from a seed.

    Most apple trees have to be polinated by another type of apple in the same family to actually set fruit.

    Va. Stayman winesap won't produce unless there are 2 other different apples to pollinate it as it is sterile.

    Pick the variety you like, research their pollination needs and purchase at least 3 trees to plant together.
     
  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Its time to plant now while there dormant. Also most bugs that harm apples nest in the ground under the tree so letting chickens around the trees helps with bug control.
     
  8. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

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    also once you plant them place some white platics stuff around the base. don't know what itis called tho
     
  9. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Quote:Oh your seedling are great to graft on, get your cuttings from the type of apple tree you want. Just remember dont let any growth below the graft.
     
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  10. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    I graft 5 type of apples on one tree... Lot of fun but apple to apple. Now you can graft plums,peaches on one tree. Different type of pears on one tree also.

    Have also done flowering trees with different colors on one plant. Like the rose
     

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