precociousness of standard aple trees

valgor(4b, WI)June 2, 2013

This year I bought some "standard" apples from a local garden center. To my surprised they are already blossoming. The tag from Bailey's Nursery was labeled STD. have yet to contact Bailey's. varieties are Frostbite 'MN 447', Zestar! 'Minnewshta' PP11,367, SnowSweet 'Wildung' PP19,446.
Any ideas?

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franktank232(z5 WI)

Just a wild guess, but standard to me sounds like they just take apple seedlings and graft to them named variety... I have a few seedling apples...they grow big and they grow fast.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 1:21PM
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alan haigh

I've only dealt with seedling rootstocks at a single site- ordered trees from Millers as they were the only ones I could find that carried this stock and would ship in Nov.

When some of the trees starting flowering on the third year i thought i'd been sold a different rootstock but after managing them for 15 years or so I've changed my mind- they are very vigorous but didn't take the ten years to fruit I'd been led to expect.

Since then the issue has been discussed here and folks have written that many varieties will fruit reasonably early on seedling rootstock.

However, I would guess your very early flowering may be due to having been kept in a pot for a time- a pot makes any rootstock dwarfing.

There are many things involved in precocity besides rootstock, including variety (Zestar is very precocious) soil and even climate.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 3:57PM
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valgor(4b, WI)

So I contacted the nursery and they assured me i got standard apples from seedling rootstock. They did say the trees were at least 3, possibly 4 year olds, and that is likely why they flowered, as well as a few other ideas, ie varietal tendencies.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 5:51PM
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valgor(4b, WI)

So I contacted the nursery and they assured me i got standard apples from seedling rootstock. They did say the trees were at least 3, possibly 4 year olds, and that is likely why they flowered, as well as a few other ideas, ie varietal tendencies.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 5:52PM
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