I saw this tree in the sale section at Home Depot. Not wanting to do the work to plant another tree right now, but it's a good kind of fatigue. Given that the tree fruited this year, maybe it will have viable spurs to bloom next Spring. Plus, apples are pretty rugged so it has a good chance to survive. So I bought this tree.
|Crabapple "Prairie Fire" before unpotting.|
|Unpotted, hole prepared, added "Plant Success" inoculant.|
Added some "Plant Success" mycorrhizal inoculant. This soil has not had chemical treatment for 2 years. I don't know about prior to that. Reasonable to try to add back some beneficial microbes.
The lower branches were sharply bend downwards. I suspect trauma in shipping and handling. I removed the worst. left the rest. Expect to prune branch tips when leaves have fallen.
I researched this variety online. It is multi - disease resistant. It has pink flowers in the Spring. If the flowering time is right, it can serve as a pollen source for other apples. As a type of apple, it will add to the bee forage.
This variety has small fruits that birds eat during the winter. Another plus.
|Planted, mulched, minor pruning.|