This seedling apple was found in one of our planting beds of Malus coronaria or sweet crab that is indigenous to the northeastern U.S. It is one of the few eating apples at our farm that has produced clean fruit with little spray. (But not every year.) Fruit quality is rated high in taste tests compared to other commercial apple varieties. The level of insect damage to the fruit varies from year to year so it may require additional insect control to insure clean fruit. We use neem and spinosad at our farm and that may be sufficient. The foliage however appears totally resistant to insect damage and completely immune to black spot, anthracnose and mildew. The foliage appears also resistant to Japanese beetle. The dark green foliage stays on the tree late in the season. Our 'Ecos Red' is grafted low onto seedling apple rootstocks which produces a standard size tree. We recommend you plant the graft union below the ground to insure rooting of the actual cultivar. This improves nutrient uptake in the tree and makes the apples higher in nutrition. Yes. It is the opposite of what other nurseries do. Oikos Tree Crops has been trying our best to grow seedling apples at our farm without any spray. This was our first 'release' which we feel address's some of the short comings of trying to grow organic apples or low spray apples without the crabapple effect on flavor and size. Ships dormant in the fall starting early October.
|Genus & Species||Malus domestica x coronaria|
|Pollination Requirements||Self fertile|
|Soil||Sandy loam to loam. Not particular. Similar to other apples but not wet.|
|Climate||Zone 3ish to zone 8.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Easy to grow and fruit. Appears somewhat of a durable selection. Not entirely sure on yield but grafted trees fruit starting in 3-4 years. Plant the graft union below the ground. Trees are vigorous with healthy foliage. This in itself is an ornamental feature as the leaves are a nice dark green and keep that way without spray. Fruit may require some spray though.|