Earlier this summer, I took some cutting from a really good Red Delicious tree outside of Nashville and started the who process to establish a root system and then transplant onto my farm. I have a good friend taking care of my cuttings while I am gone this fall/winter and I am hoping that by the time I get back, I will be able to transplant in the Fall of 2020.
Do you have any advice for these apple trees, and how they should grow in Central KY? I also looking at buy 3-5 good crab apples to plant close to these trees to help with pollination and also to help make sure that not everything drops at the same time. If I could get them to start dropping around mid October and carry through to the first of December, that would be great.
I am eventually going to grown 3-4 Peach and Pear trees to provide some variety and keep the deer on my property all fall long.
I appreciate your advice.
Getting apple tree cuttings to take root is difficult, but it does work sometime. If you get them to take, just let them grow until they can establish a decent root system and then dig a big rootball and transplant them. If your cuttings don't work out, just get some rootstock and graft next year.
Dozier, Dolgo, Hewe's, Transcendent, Callaway and Eliza's Choice are all good crabapples to plant near them for pollination. Plant all of those and you will have a wide drop window, taking you into late fall.