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Crab Aples from seed

Postby alpineart » July 31st, 2013, 9:15 am

This is the prepared grow bed for the Crab Apples which has been widened and re-worked with the rotary hoe
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These are some of the varieties i have grown from seed . The parent tree was all but destroyed by a mini tornadoes 2 years ago the hit here in Myrtleford and in Ovens area's .These have been flat cut from the start and for the last 3 season season as the roots grow very contorted and is difficult to trim to a suitable base .
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While they aren't huge they do have reasonably flat root masses .There is a mix of 3 and 4 year old's as well as a few fruit bearing cutting .They have had a minor trim and placed back into the re-worked grow bed .
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The is plenty of various pre-styled trunks amongst them as well .

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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby kcpoole » July 31st, 2013, 10:46 am

Nice work Alpine :yes:
How long do you think they will be in the ground? and how often will you lift to do rootwork?

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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby Dario » July 31st, 2013, 1:28 pm

Great work Alpine :cool:
What a ripper view you have!
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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby Josh » July 31st, 2013, 2:07 pm

Dario wrote:Great work Alpine :cool:
What a ripper view you have!
Cheers, Dario.

What were you doing looking at the view.....look at those trees... :lol:

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Ohh and there can't be to much ground left at your place can there Alpine??
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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby alpineart » July 31st, 2013, 3:32 pm

kcpoole wrote:Nice work Alpine :yes:
How long do you think they will be in the ground? and how often will you lift to do rootwork?

Ken


Hi kc, mate these are lifted and root pruned or trimmed every year , 2 seasons and they end up in a mess requiring almost flat cutting again .These will be sold off as they progress hopefully 1/4 of these will be sold this season . As they get bigger i need the room without making extra grow beds .

The roots are very brittle and constantly run in circles creating a tangled mess so if a good Narebri is to be produced they need to be cut and grown every year . The take well to flat cutting like an olive when young however it is at the expense of thickening the trunks . Most of these have been flat cut twice , just getting a desirable root mass now .

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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby alpineart » July 31st, 2013, 3:35 pm

Hi Dario , the view is to die for but i don't get to sit and admire it , guess i have taken it for granted for the last 18 years .

Hi Josh , mate room to move , setting up another tiered terrace grow bed now .

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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby Matthew » July 31st, 2013, 3:47 pm

Mate sitting behind a desk with a nasty cold atm you make me want to get out into my grow beds. Pitifull compared to yours but i have tridents and crab apples needing lifting, maybe next weekend as i think we may see some rain this weekend again :fc:
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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby alpineart » July 31st, 2013, 8:24 pm

Hi Matthew , mate a good hard workout on a shovel digging those plants out might be the remedy you need to kick the cold .I have 2 seasons of neglect to catch up on and Winter is all but over .

They are forecasting 3 days of wet whether from Friday so i hope to be planted out by tomorrow night . With that beautiful ground you have out there i would be in my element :tu: .

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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby Damian Bee » July 31st, 2013, 8:29 pm

You are right Alpine, the time for twiddling thumbs over the fire is gone 8-)
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Re: Crab Apples from seed

Postby alpineart » July 31st, 2013, 8:37 pm

Hi Damian Bee , not that warm yet , got my butt close to the fire as much as possible . A couple of Minus temps over the last couple of nights , very low teens during the day its still very :cool: . A good garden workout keeps me warm , but that fire is a real treat after dark .

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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby Damian Bee » August 1st, 2013, 6:49 am

Thats true about the fire, for me I am desperately repotting and sweating over trying to get my growing beds ready before leaves pop out of buds :cry:
Same old story, not enough time in the day and not enough of me to go around :?
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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby alpineart » August 1st, 2013, 7:20 am

Hi Damian Bee , not too many re-pots this year , too far behind the eight ball . Won't hurt to leave them for 2 years running . I have re-potted everything here every year since being here , they can lift themselves up out of the pots :palm: .

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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby Dario » August 1st, 2013, 11:50 am

Josh wrote:What were you doing looking at the view.....look at those trees... :lol:

Josh

Hi Josh :D I couldn't help myself...:mrgreen: over the view and all the ripper trees Alpine has been posting. But I am also very appreciative of where I am too, in good old Melbourne town 8-)
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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby alpineart » May 8th, 2017, 6:01 pm

These are just a few of the seed grown and root/branch cuttings that have been growing for quite some time now . A few developed trees were grown in planter bags this season both large and small
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. These seed grown trunks will be grafted with red and yellow varieties this winter
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The rest are in grow beds where they are easily neglected
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. There must be a couple of hundred in the ground awaiting a bit of a hack and chop , no rest for the wicked .

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Re: Crab Aples from seed

Postby alpineart » August 18th, 2017, 2:41 pm

A start on these has taken place today , with so many trunks I will end up scrapping anything that looks ordinary saving time and space for the better material .
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With 5-6 different varieties I will need to sort out area's for each and plant some of the developed material into planter bags for sale , some has been and more will be grafted with other varieties hoping to produce a few double and triple grafted specimens .

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