Apple and Pear Saplings, 3-in-1

I went to a local gardening center and on the clearance rack were various fruit tree saplings, among other trees. What caught my eye were 2 types of fruits trees, apple and pear. Both are identified as 3-in-one, meaning that each sapling had grafted onto it 3 varieties of apples or pears, and self-fertile, meaning that I don’t need to buy a different variety of apple or pear saplings to cross-pollinate with the saplings that I have. They’re ready to plant and fruit on their own.

I’d never purchased fruit trees before, but these looked mighty interesting! There is a mystery with the apple tree saplings, I bought two. There are five tags on each sapling, which I’m guessing were put on there because someone had nowhere else to put lost and loose tags from other saplings. It is doubtful, but would be a happy surprise, if five varieties emerged from each sapling! Here are the labels on both of my apple saplings, all semi-dwarf varieties: (1) Anna, (2) Beverly Hills, (3) Ein Shemer, (4) Dorsett golden, and (5) Fuji. Anna and Ein Shemer are varieties introduced from Israel. I wonder which ones I will have?

The pear saplings (I bought two) are not a mystery, and will produce the following varieties: (1) Bartlett, (2) Luscious, and (3) Seckel.

Whole fresh apples and pears are among my all-time favorite desserts. I’m patient – I am happy to wait for these saplings to mature and fruit.

I’m planting these trees directly into the soil. I’ll be readying for some vigorous digging within the hour. Visions of future juicy fruits from my own trees are more than enough motivation to get me in the digging mood!

SHOPPING TIP: Look for clearance items at the end of every season. You’ll likely find healthy, excess inventory plants at a fraction of their price as stores need to clear space for more seasonally popular plants. The clearance rack is a wonderful place from which to build a lovely garden.

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  Apple and pear seeds are highly toxic if ingested. More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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