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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenGarden & Landscape · 2 months ago

How do you save heirloom 100 + year old apple trees in the middle of winter that are going to be torn down if you cannot save them, ?

4 Answers

  • Ben
    Lv 5
    2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    By "torn down", I assume you mean they can't stay where they are, and would need to be moved.

    In which case, you can't save them. You cannot move an apple tree that old. It would not survive.

    If it's a rare variety, though, you can save the variety itself. You can cut some 12-18 inch lengths of last year's growth (it will be smoother and paler than older growth, not to mention thinner) from the tree, and get someone who knows how to graft to graft them onto new root stocks. Once the graft heals, you'll have several new trees of the exact same variety as the old ones, which you can plant wherever you like and grow on. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Talk to your local nursery "not walmart" but a real nursery.  Tell them the situation.  Chances are good the tree no longer produces a good quantity or quality of fruit.  Usually the life of an apple tree is 40 years max.  Then they are all torn out and new trees planted.

  • 2 months ago

    Other than paying someone to dig them up and move them, you're not going to be able to achieve this.   

    @Tavy they still help produce oxygen, so they are still useful.  

  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    That age of Apple tree is unusual. Well past its best to produce fruit. They can't be saved.

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