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Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 17 12:49 pm    Post subject: Where are all the apple trees?  Reply with quote    

Every apple tree that I know of loses quite a lot of apples to the floor where between some and many are typically left to rot, yet I cannot recall ever finding a self seeded tree anywhere.

What is going on there? Is there some magic trick to making viable apple seed or getting it to germinate?
If so then how did the species survive this long?

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 17 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Due to several genetic bottlenecks in the last century or so, feral apples need the correct ratios of soot, diesel fumes, and dog wee in order to germinate


chickenlady



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 17 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 17 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They do grow. We have two that I think are self set, wildings they are called. One isn't bad, but the other is useless. Fruit is pulpy and tasteless and no good even for jelly. We have at least one in the woods that is definitely a wilding. Nice blossom but never really seen the fruit.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 17 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
They do grow. We have two that I think are self set, wildings they are called. One isn't bad, but the other is useless...

The answer to that is grafting (p'raps).

Slim



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 17 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
Mistress Rose wrote:
They do grow. We have two that I think are self set, wildings they are called. One isn't bad, but the other is useless...

The answer to that is grafting (p'raps).


Only if you want a tree that will be as tall as that seedling would be (probably, there can be interactions between the fruitstock and rootstock) and if you're comfortable with the roll of the dice that the seedling rootstock represents in regards to disease resistance. (could be better! might not though)

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 17 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It is in the wrong place and so we will get round to cutting it at some point, hopefully this winter. I aim to use it for spoon making, and son may be able to do some wood turning with what I don't use. We have several other apple trees in the garden, on dwarfing root stock, so rather more manageable.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 17 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Slim wrote:
Hairyloon wrote:
Mistress Rose wrote:
They do grow. We have two that I think are self set, wildings they are called. One isn't bad, but the other is useless...

The answer to that is grafting (p'raps).


Only if you want a tree that will be as tall as that seedling would be...


I have a strategy for trees that get too tall: chop bits off them...
Obviously the flaw in that plan is that wood is such a difficult thing to dispose of...

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