Seedling Apple


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This is a seedling apple I started from a McIntosh seed last year. Next year I will use it for rootstock. May plant it in it's permanent spot and let it grow one more year first though. Haven't decided. Got two more just like it.

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Have you thought of or tried planting a seedling tree and just seeing what you get? I have some named cultivars planted and several by seed just to see what I will get. I know it's a small chance; but, may get a good new variety that way. Trees grown from seed seem to be much more vigorous and tough in this part of the country too.
Oh yeah. Started to leave a seedling limb on the one at the house to see what it'd do but it "weeped" over too much so I just converted it to the third variety.
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I have planted around 30 seedlings that I grafted over after their first or second year. I have left about 5 ungrafted to see if I can produce the next “honeycrisp” Apple. Most of them are between 4 to 5 years old now. Of course, no fruit yet on these full size rootstocks.
That's awesome DD. I did the opposite at my place. Just a couple grafted trees and seedling trees popping up everywhere. I doubt I get anything worth putting a trademark on but you never know. There is a variety that my kids love from New Zealand called Smitten I'd like to plant a grafted cultivar or two of but I haven't seen them in the market yet.