What's the real scoop on apple trees from St. Lawrence Nurseries?
I am living in zone 3 of northern Minnesota and am thinking about starting an orchard for cider apples but many cider apples aren't adapted to a climate as cold as the one I'm in. St. Lawrence Nurseries claims to produce trees on Antonovka rootstock that can take cold winters. I looked at the varieties that they say can grow in zone 3 with the standard size rootstock and they are cultivars that everybody else says can only go as far north as zone 4 or 5. Has anyone else out there ordered apple trees from them before and are they actually as cold hardy as they claim to be? Also how long did it take before your trees began to fruit on the Antonovka rootstock? Thanks.