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#1 2017-08-13 21:39:44

shaneb99
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From: Strathmore
Registered: 2012-08-28
Posts: 1892

Crabapples

The crabapples are getting ripe. Every morning the turkeys come to check for windfalls.
https://preview.ibb.co/e2dvnF/IMG_6176.jpg


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#2 2017-08-14 18:56:33

susanr
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From: Grenfell, Saskatchewan
Registered: 2010-03-11
Posts: 4487

Re: Crabapples

Very good harvest for you this year!  Ours looked to be a very good one this year as well.  Unfortunately, the tent caterpillars arrived and completely stripped the trees :(  The leaves have recovered but, too late to form new fruit now.  Hopefully next year.


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#3 2017-08-24 17:35:14

Deltamaq
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From: North of the Arctic Circle
Registered: 2009-12-08
Posts: 118

Re: Crabapples

We grow Saskatoon berries & have a lilac that has survived over 15 years, are crabapples hardy enough to try? Where would one even look for a tree? Do we need 2 for pollination?
I should be looking this up on-line but most sites think grows stops at the Canada/US border.

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#4 2017-08-25 01:49:33

Robbie
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From: Blackstock, Ontario
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Re: Crabapples

There are crabs supposedly hardy to zone 2, but check and make sure they are on either a hardier rootstock or on their own roots. There are a lot of varieties and colours to choose from! I have Father Fiala's book on flowering crabs, I love them too. I would imagine that if you can grow lilacs the hardy crabs should be fine.

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#5 2017-08-25 09:54:42

lornem
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From: Drayton, ON.
Registered: 2016-02-21
Posts: 103

Re: Crabapples

These sites carry a few zone 2 crabs and apples.
http://www.springtreefarm.ca/products/t … pple-trees

This one grows all apples on zone 2 rootstalk
http://www.hardyfruittrees.ca/catalog/apple-trees

If you don't plant a few you'll never know.


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#6 2017-08-25 13:38:09

Schipperkesue
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From: Carnwood, Alberta
Registered: 2010-04-08
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Re: Crabapples

We are a zone 2 and have a very hardy crabapple.  Huge and beautiful.  I don't think you need more than one.   You are pretty far north though, Deltamac.  Do you have a sheltered warmer microclimate?


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#7 2017-08-28 18:32:05

Deltamaq
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From: North of the Arctic Circle
Registered: 2009-12-08
Posts: 118

Re: Crabapples

Thanks I will check those out.
My entire garden is an experiment, no raised beds, no special mulches, if it thrives I'll keep it if it needs coddling I have better things to do. The only special thing I have is the automated fertilization; when others are paying $35 a bag for sheep manure I just go out and clean the chicken coop and rabbit pens.

I think the ocean and river influence may help. The water warms over the summer and might prevent the frosts that they get in the mountainous areas farther south; often places like Dawson City & Mayo have killing frosts and my garden will be fine for several more weeks.
Had one year freezing rain the end of August but it is more normal to be harvesting still mid to late September; the outstanding year was digging potatoes the first week of October (still no frost) so we could go south for fall resupply.

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