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Where do you buy your apple trees from?

Discussion in 'Fruit Trees' started by WTNUT, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. WTNUT

    WTNUT 5 year old buck +

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    This spring will probably be the last time I buy fruit trees for a while. I have purchased from Grandpas's Orchard (it is my go to for the last five years even though slightly more expensive), Adams County Nursery, and Cummins Nursery. I may be looking for some unique varieties this spring. So I am trying to identify all the good nurseries.


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  2. Neahawg

    Neahawg A good 3 year old buck

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    Arkansas zone7b/7a
    Love the wildlife group for pear trees.

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  3. Catscratch

    Catscratch 5 year old buck +

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    Turley Creek is good too.

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  4. Bowsnbucks

    Bowsnbucks 5 year old buck +

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    ^^^^^^ Turkey Creek - I've heard nothing but good about his nursery over a period of years.

    Saint Lawrence Nursery ( SLN ), Fedco, Stark, Boyer, Walden Heights are all good nurseries, just to name a few more. I've purchased a number of trees from SLN and every one has done well. They graft on Antonovka rootstock, so you'll get a full-sized tree once fully grown.
     
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  5. H20fwler

    H20fwler 5 year old buck +

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    I've got fruit trees in from;

    Cummins
    Stark
    Northern Whitetail Crabs
    Wildlife Group
    Raintree
    TSC
    Rural King


    I've bought the most from Cummins over the years.
     
  6. Dan Wombles

    Dan Wombles A good 3 year old buck

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    I graft all of mine, much cheaper
     
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  7. WTNUT

    WTNUT 5 year old buck +

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    Yes, but I have not patients, unless it comes to waiting in a stand that I think will produce well. If I could I would plant them when they were already 12 feet tall Ha Ha.


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  8. WTNUT

    WTNUT 5 year old buck +

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    Can you tell me more about your experience with St. Lawrence Nursery? They have some unique varieties that seem better suited for northern climates, but what interest me is a large number of varieties that are unknown to me and claim to be late apples.


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  9. Peeps

    Peeps 5 year old buck +

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    I have about 25 trees from SLN with the oldest planted 3 springs ago. Only one plum or pear did not make it the rest are doing well in northern Wisconsin. One of my All Winter Hangover crabs put out one apple this year and it’s still hanging on that tree. The trees have put on good growth so far and have been healthy. I’ll see if I have some pics to post.
     
  10. j-bird

    j-bird 5 year old buck +

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    After I bought trees from a big box store and was too stubborn to listen to good advice and have paid for that. I finally decided to get my crabapples this year from Turkey Creek. I heard nothing but good things about his operation and him being a forum member helped as well.
     
  11. sandbur

    sandbur 5 year old buck +

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    Which crab apples did you plant?


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  12. Boone

    Boone Yearling... With promise

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    Woodstock Nursery, Niellsville, Wi.
     
  13. j-bird

    j-bird 5 year old buck +

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  14. sandbur

    sandbur 5 year old buck +

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    J bird. In about five years you will need an apple press!


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  15. j-bird

    j-bird 5 year old buck +

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    My apples are for the critters...... I have no intention of making cider. Not saying it won't ever happen, but that isn't the plan. I hope they do well as I plan to convert my people/big box store apples to crabs as well thru grafting, but I have to learn how to graft first! Learning how to graft is on my winter time to-do list. I may also dabble with a few other varieties of crabs when the time comes, but for now I think these will work. These are my soft mast component to my habitat. I plant them in my perennial clover plots to sort of dual purpose that area. I am sure as the trees mature the clover will suffer some, but it's not like my deer eat the clover to the ground as it is. In 5 years when I'm looking for an apple press you can call me on it.....but for now....it's not my intent.
     
  16. WTNUT

    WTNUT 5 year old buck +

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    Changing one over is the easiest grafting in my opinion, far easier than working with rooystock.


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  17. j-bird

    j-bird 5 year old buck +

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    I hope to learn to graft and top work some fruit trees this winter. I have a crab apple and a few people apples that I want to turn into Frankenstein trees so to speak with different grafts. I have had folks tell me it's real easy to do.....but I learn best by doing it so I hope to get with some folks in my area that have some patience to teach me first hand. I also have an apple located in a guys yard that holds apples well into november and december that I hope to get some grafts from as well. My intent would be to provide different apples for a decent duration of time to keep the deer coming to them. That's the plan.....not sure if it will happen....but we will see. I don;t have the land to plant multiple species in an orchard. I need to keep it to half dozen trees or so, so I want to build the diversity into the trees themselves.
     
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  18. tynimiller

    tynimiller A good 3 year old buck

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    I have only ordered from Stark so far. Great condition when arrived, 100% success rate so far with all my apple, two pears and half dozen chestnuts. I'm planning on adding another couple Apples and perhaps one more Pear, we will see.
     
  19. Bowsnbucks

    Bowsnbucks 5 year old buck +

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    WTNUT - I just returned from hunting camp ...... catching up with e-mails & forum. I'll answer your question from your earlier post #8 below.

    My experience with SLN has been great. I haven't lost a tree that I got from them. The Antonovka rootstocks they graft to look like a carrot - not all hairy-looking fine roots like other rootstocks. Don't let that scare you. Antonovka roots take about 2 to 3 years to kick in for big-time growth, but when they do kick in - they take off. I planted my trees so the graft union was about 1 1/2" above finished grade, and they've all grown well for me. I've gotten crabs and regular apples from SLN and they have all developed into really nice trees. I have NO complaints with SLN. I have put together a new order for spring 2018 already from SLN !!!

    I've always been drawn to the assortment of crabs SLN usually carries. My favorites are their All-Winter-Hangover crab and the Winter Wildlife crab. Both are doing extremely well for my camp property. We also have Chestnut, Violi's, Centennial, Dolgo, and Centurion crabs from SLN. All are growing very well for us.

    I also got regular apples from SLN. Sherry, Prairie Spy, Bonkers, Rhuby, Minnesota 1734, Wolf River, Priscilla, Liberty and Kerr ( apple/crab cross ) are the regular apples I've planted from them. I've been well pleased with SLN's stock. Hope that helps in some way.
     
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  20. H20fwler

    H20fwler 5 year old buck +

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    I need to give the All-Winter-Hangover crab and Winter Wildlife crab a try from SLN, I really like what I've read about them on here.
     

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