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Malus x domestica, Low Chill Apple

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 Malus x domestica
Family: Rosaceae
Low Chill Apple
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersFragrantDeciduousEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Low chill apples bear as far south as South Florida, and may be a unique addition to your yard. Attractive white apple blossoms will appear during Feb-March and give way to fruit (smaller than standard apples) in June. They remain a small tree, growing to about 15 feet. Apples prefer slightly acidic and well-drained soils and perform best in full sun. The trees will need a complete fertilizer with micronutrients and may need to be defoliated by hand in the fall. Prune trees lightly in late winter to promote new growth. Because flowering, fruit development and spring vegetative growth all occur during some of Florida's hottest and driest months (April - June), irrigation is critical for succeeding with apples. To conserve moisture, mulching is highly recommended as long as mulch is not in contact with the trunk. Low chill apples are productive in Florida, but susceptible to anthracnose, fire blight, and root fungus. Apples require cross-pollination with two different cultivars to ensure decent production. The low chill varieties listed below require 50 - 150 chill hours for strong flowering and vigorous growth. Chill units are the number of hours the temperature stays between 32-55 F. Most effective chilling occurs with continuing temperatures below 45F.

"Anna" has red skin and is the most widely planted apple cultivar in Florida. The fruit resembles that of "Red Delicious" more than other low-chill apple cultivars. Originally from Israel, this large apple can be eaten green similar to "Granny Smith", or can be allowed to ripen to desired sweetness.

"Dorsett Golden" looks like "Golden Delicious" with golden skin and sometimes a red blush. This cultivar was discovered in the Bahamas and is crisp and juicy with excellent flavor.

"Tropic Sweet" is a newly patented variety from the University of Florida. This low acid, very sweet apple has green skin with a red blush, and flavor similar to the "Gala" apple.


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 Malus x domestica, Low Chill Apple

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What is grafted plant

Q: What is a grafted plant?

Grafting is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation where a piece of one plant (scion) selected for its flowers or fruit and containing the desired genes to be duplicated is inserted into a piece of another plant (rootstock), with a strong vigorous root system, usually a seedling.

Benefits of the graft:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a scion from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for a grafted plant)
  • introducing dwarfing, hardiness, disease and pest resistance.
  • easier propagation method when other means like cutting or seed is not successful


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"Anna" has red skin and is the most widely planted apple cultivar in Florida. The fruit resembles that of "Red Delicious" more than other low-chill apple cultivars. Originally from Israel, this large apple can be eaten green similar to "Granny Smith", or can be allowed to ripen to desired sweetness.
Low chill apples bear as far south as South Florida, and may be a unique addition to your yard. Attractive white apple blossoms will appear during Feb-March and give way to fruit (smaller than standard apples) in June. They remain a small tree, growing to about 15 feet.

Best paired with another variety for good cross-pollination. Sold in pair with "Dorsett Golden" variety - see item 4069 - Tropical Apple collection.
Tall plants may be trimmed for shipping. Contact us for alternative shipping options.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
Fruit Festival Plant Food - Super Crop Booster
Mango-Food - Smart Release Fruit Tree Booster
SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
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Malus domestica - Bahamas Dorsett Golden Low Chill Apple, Low chill, Grafted

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What is grafted plant

Q: What is a grafted plant?

Grafting is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation where a piece of one plant (scion) selected for its flowers or fruit and containing the desired genes to be duplicated is inserted into a piece of another plant (rootstock), with a strong vigorous root system, usually a seedling.

Benefits of the graft:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a scion from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for a grafted plant)
  • introducing dwarfing, hardiness, disease and pest resistance.
  • easier propagation method when other means like cutting or seed is not successful


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"Dorsett Golden" looks like "Golden Delicious" with golden skin and sometimes a red blush. This cultivar was discovered in the Bahamas and is crisp and juicy with excellent flavor.
Low chill apples bear as far south as South Florida, and may be a unique addition to your yard. Attractive white apple blossoms will appear during Feb-March and give way to fruit (smaller than standard apples) in June. They remain a small tree, growing to about 15 feet.
Best paired with another variety for good cross-pollination. Tall plants and may be trimmed for shipping. Contact us for alternative shipping options.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
Fruit Festival Plant Food - Super Crop Booster
Mango-Food - Smart Release Fruit Tree Booster
SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
This item is not certified for shipping to California.
California certification

Most of our plants are certified for shipping to California, however, certain plants are not certified. Please do not order not-certified plants to California addresses. These plants may be added to CA certification in the future; please contact us for more information.



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Grown in 10"/3 gal pot, tall plant

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Malus domestica - Low Chill Apple Collection, Bahamas Dorsett Golden and Anna, Low chill, Grafted

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What is grafted plant

Q: What is a grafted plant?

Grafting is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation where a piece of one plant (scion) selected for its flowers or fruit and containing the desired genes to be duplicated is inserted into a piece of another plant (rootstock), with a strong vigorous root system, usually a seedling.

Benefits of the graft:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a scion from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for a grafted plant)
  • introducing dwarfing, hardiness, disease and pest resistance.
  • easier propagation method when other means like cutting or seed is not successful


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A pair of low chill apples - the perfect couple Dorsett Golden and Anna - for best results of cross-pollination and heavy production. Low chill apples bear as far south as South Florida, and may be a unique addition to your yard. Attractive white apple blossoms will appear during Feb-March and give way to fruit in June. They remain a small tree, growing to about 15 feet.See here for individual plant description
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
Fruit Festival Plant Food - Super Crop Booster
Mango-Food - Smart Release Fruit Tree Booster
SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
This item is not certified for shipping to California.
California certification

Most of our plants are certified for shipping to California, however, certain plants are not certified. Please do not order not-certified plants to California addresses. These plants may be added to CA certification in the future; please contact us for more information.



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Grown in 10"/3 gal pot, set of 2 plants

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