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This grafted crabapple tree is a heavy producer of 1 ½’’ apples with a complex flavor that’s very high in its sugar content. Wickson will begin dropping in October and continue well into November. It is a vigorous grower and a cold hardy northern crabapple. This tree has average to good resistance to common apple tree diseases but is susceptible to cedar apple rust. Wickson crabapple will reach a mature height of 20’+. Plant Hardiness zones 3 – 7
This crabapple tree originated in 1944 by Albert Etters, this tree is a heavy producer of 1 ½’’- 2” apples with a complex flavor that’s very high in its sugar content. Wickson crabapple will begin dropping in October and continue well into November. It is a vigorous grower and a cold hardy northern crabapple. Wickson crabapple has average to good resistance to common apple tree diseases but is susceptible to cedar apple rust. Hardiness zones 3 – 7
The Wickson crabapple 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.
4-6′ (+ 1/2” dia.) These trees will have an extensive root system and typically having multiple branches. They will range in height between 4′ and 6′ with a diameter of 1/2” to 3/4”. Shipping height will be between 4′ and 6′ as 15 trees or less fills into a 5′ box. While 15 to 30 trees will fill into a 6′ box.
3-5′ (- 1/2” dia.) These trees will have a good root system with some possible branching but will mainly be unbranched. They will range in height between 3′ to 5′ with a diameter of 3/8” to 1/2”
ANTONOVKA AND MALUS DOLGO
The Rootstocks that your trees are grafted to are extremely cold hardy down well into Hardiness Zone 3. These are both excellent choices for wildlife trees, because they both produce a full size 20’ to 30’ tree. Wickson crabapple grafted onto standard rootstock will reach its fullest potential by producing a lot more fruit than it would on a semi dwarf rootstock. Standard rootstock will develop deep roots making it extremely well anchored, penetrating well into the sub soil pulling up lost nutrients.
Both of these standard size roots are adaptable to many soil types and conditions. Especially when planting in less desirable locations. Therefore these can be used in areas such as wooded food plots, reclaimed land, shale mountain soil, dryer uplands and ridges. Standard rootstock will also perform very well in improved soil in an orchard style setting. I am only grafting onto the most vigorous Malus Dolgo and Antonovka rootstocks.
PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR WICKSON CRABAPPLE
Plant at least 1 different apple or crabapple varieties within close proximity for pollination. Grams Gift and Whitney crabapples both make an excellent pollinator for Wickson. 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.
Wickson crabapple 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 2 – 8 will begin again in mid-March on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (you select your ship date) and continue until the last Monday in April. Dormant bare-root trees must be planted in the spring, while trees in your area remain dormant. You can select your ship date as you checkout on the website. If you are picking up your trees, typically, the last week in March or the first week in April is perfect for planting in Pennsylvania. We have opened up the free local pick-up to the surrounding states as it could be more cost-effective if you order more than 30 trees. You can select your pick-up date on the website as you checkout. Please call or message us to make an appointment to pick up your trees if you can not make the date you selected.
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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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