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Lockdown Crab™ is a applecrab and is a new cultivar to the Wildlife Management World, actually new to the World and is a product of natural selection. This crab comes from Whitetail enthusiast David Whalen of Northern New York. There are more than 3,000 wild apple trees growing on his property! Out of those 3,000 as of right now only a few are being propagated for wildlife.
This grafted applecrab produces heavy crops of 2” fruit, and drops the major portion of its fruit during the month of November and a few continuing into December. When planted in an area that it blooms from mid to late May in the north, Lockdown Crab™ will ripen and begin to drop in late October with the main drop during that important mid November period. If your planting below the 40th parallel north I’m sure you will see this drop time become a few weeks earlier as you go south of it.
This sweet applecrab is heavy bearing and an annual producer. It also shows resistance to C.A.R., Apple Scab, Powdery Mildew and Fireblight here in the Northeast.
Lockdown Crab™ has readily tolerated temperatures of -35 degrees making it well suited for Northern Climates. With all of its great qualities, Lockdown Crab ™ would be a beneficial component when looking for an enticing food source for wildlife north of the 40th latitude, at a time during that critical lockdown period. Lockdown Crab ™ will have a mature height of 20’+. Plant Hardiness Zone 4-7.
The Lockdown crab™ is made by using plant tissue from the original tree and attaching it to the new roots. This essentially is giving you an identical tree, of the one you see in the picture and description.
2-3′ ( 3/8” dia.) These trees will have a good root system. They will be whips around 3′ high with a trunk diameter of 3/8”.
3-5′ ( 1/2” dia.) These trees will have a good root system with some possible branching but will mainly be whips. They will range in height between 3′ to 5′ with a trunk diameter of around a 1/2”.
4-6′ (+ 1/2” dia.) These trees will have an extensive root system and typically having multiple branches but many will be solid whips. They will range in height between 4′ and 6′ with a trunk diameter of 1/2” to 3/4”.
The Rootstock that LockDown crab™ is grafted to is extremely cold hardy and vigorous. This Rootstock is an excellent choice for wildlife trees, because it produces a full size 20’ to 30’ tree. Producing a full size tree for wildlife mean much more fruit on a given tree. Malus Dolgo rootstock will develop deep ”Real roots” making it extremely well anchored, penetrating well into the sub soil pulling up lost nutrients and therefore making Malus Doglo rootstock very drought tolerant. Making Malus Dolgo an all around great rootstock for wildlife plantings.
This standard size rootstock is adaptable to many soil types and conditions. Especially when planting in less desirable locations. Therefore, with its full vigor can be used in areas that were at one time wooded areas and are now food plots, reclaimed land, shale mountain soil, dryer uplands and ridges. Malus Dolgo rootstock will also perform very well in improved soil in an orchard style setting. We are only grafting onto the most vigorous Malus Dolgo roots grown in a given year. When grafting onto the top 30% of seedlings grown you get a rootstock that is about 40% more vigorous tree than many clonal stocks that are used for wildlife trees today. Malus dolgo is a crabapple rootstock and is very precosious with many trees producing very quickly. Making Malus Dolgo an all around great rootstock for wildlife plantings.
PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR LOCKDOWN CRAB™
Plant at least 1 different apple or crabapple varieties within close proximity to each other for pollination. Grams Gift, Chestnut crab or Dolgo crabapple will make an excellent pollinator for Lockdown Crab™. Plant all apples and crabapples in moist, well drained soil with a soil pH between 5.8 – 7 with adequate nutrient levels for optimal growth.
If you have not completed a soil test click here and improved your soil I would highly recommend doing so. However, if you are not going to I would recommend mixing 1 ounce for every 3 sq ft of 0-20-20 granular fertilizer in your soil at the time of planting. The first number tells you percentage of nitrogen contained in the fertilizer. Nitrogen applied directly to the roots of the tree will cause death to your tree, make sure the first number is zero.
Nitrogen is very mobile in the soil and you can apply a small of nitrogen the following year. The 2nd and 3rd numbers are Phosphorus and Potassium. Apply these two nutrients at or well before the time of planting, because they are basically immobile in the soil, they will need mixed in through the soil. We recommend completing a soil test and making amendments for best results. We recommend applying 1 lb of 10-10-10 for every inch in diameter your tree is. This should be applied in the spring the following year and each year after planting.
Lockdown Crab™ requires a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight for growth and fruit production. Space trees 20′ apart and use cages of at least 5’ to protect your trees. This will ensure your deer eat your fruit in a few years and not your trees this year.
Shipping to Plant Hardiness zones 6 – 8 (southern states) Fall shipping will be the last Monday in November. Spring shipping will begin again in mid-March on Mondays as temperatures in my area allow.
Shipping to Plant Hardiness zones 3 – 5 (northern states) we will generally ship on Mondays through out the month April as your weather allows for planting.
Dormant bare root trees are to be planted in the fall or spring while trees in your area are still dormant. You can select your ship date at check out. If you are picking up your trees, typically the first week in April is perfect for planting in Pennsylvania. Please Call or message me to make an appointment to pick your trees up.
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|Dimensions||58 × 2.30 × 2.30 in|
2-3' (3/8''dia.), 3-5' (1/2'' dia.), 4-6' (+1/2'' dia.)
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