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Kerr Applecrab Seeds

Packet of 20 seeds, KEAC_S $4.20
Bright Red Color-Extremely Hardy Alaskan Apple

Selected apple-crab with exceptional hardiness and large 1 1/2 " bright red or yellow fruit. Juicy, sweet and tart flavor depending on the selection.  Good fresh only after letting set for a while to let mellow. Very productive. Some of the genes are from an Alaskan variety as well as the ever tough Dolgo Crab. Listed as breeding true from seed. I think there may be some variation in this strain.  The seedlings are useful as is or to be used as an extra hardy rootstock. Our strain has been selected over the years to include  disease free foliage and plants with vigorous growth. 

To germinate the seeds: Fall plant outside 1/4 inch deep 1 inch apart in a normal garden type soil that is cultivated. For the refrigerator method put the seeds in a zip lock bag with lightly damp Canadian Peat moss at 33-38 F for 60-120 days. Seeds will sprout a little in the fridge after 60-90 days. Plant those seeds as they sprout. After 90-120 put the bag at room temperature and the rest will quickly follow suit. If some seeds do not sprout the first year you will need to repeat the process again in the fall. Normally this is not necessary but does seem to occur in some of these ultra northern seed strains. 

 

Plant Specs
Genus & Species Malus dolgo x domestica
Hardiness minus 40F more or less
Height (ft) 15-20
Width (ft) 15-20
Soil Does best in drier sandy or rocky soil.
Climate Zone 2-7
Ease of Cultivation This is one the cleanest foliage apples we have at our farm. The fruit makes a great tasting jam and is worthy of cultivation from seed as much as any grafted apple. It might have some problems with fireblight in the south, however our trees have not suffered from this disease in Michigan. The red fruit hangs on late into November. It is an attractive ornamental apple with large white blossoms and a strong central leader and upright growth.

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