Before finding this forum, I had been planing to grow apples from seed to provide rootstock for expansion. Rethinking plans now. If the consensus is correct at 20% spitters, I have no worries about just letting them go. As a typical homestead, I will have chickens and hogs...they won't turn their noses (beaks) up at free treats.
Dave Bennett wrote:
... I have never seen apples like those since that tree was cut down but they were gigantic and very oddly shaped with bright yellow skin and unusually sweet and extremely juicy.
bet that fruit would have sold well.
stories like yours remind me of the story told in the book Tree Crops about the black walnut tree with the easy to crack shell.
paul wheaton wrote:
My understanding is that getting a marketable/decent apple is a 1 in 20,000 chance. In other words, people start lots of apples from seeds, but what they end up with is usually pretty lame.
So if I plant a bunch of cameo apple trees, there is a good chance that whatever I plant is gonna be crap.
Will it turn out like crab apples?
Are there some varieties that are less likely to turn out to be crap?