M Johnson wrote:What do you mean by tree cones? I'm about to plant a bunch and want to increase success.
John Saltveit wrote:On the other hand, many people on this site have said that you should never graft. Paul W has very strong opinions against grafting. If you have an urban or suburban lot with limited land, you probably don't want to wait ten years for a seedling to mature so you can find out that you DON't want to eat it. MOst people sell their houses before ten years, and they don't take their giant seedling variety fruit trees with them. Grafted trees mature much more quickly and can fit into tight urban yards. You know that it will be good because you have chosen that variety. I have grafted onto seedlings. That way you will get something good and you might get something else worthwhile. IF not, you can cut it out and just leave the worthwhile grafted variety. I agree that if you have many uses, such as cider, pigs, apple sauce or if you like apples with unusual flavors, you might be more likely to want to eat the seedling variety.
John Polk wrote:Let us not forget John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed).
Johnny never grafted a tree in his life.
His stock of seeds was collected from the waste piles at the cider mills.
Vera Stewart wrote:I was really excited to learn about Antonovkas, and thought for a moment "hurray, I can scatter these seeds around recently-burnt-out-hillside!" then I read that they don't like it to get too hot. Well, it gets hot here.
Are there other true-to-seed apples availible to the amateur? What are they called?
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