|Somewhere in Alberta. Image from GardenWeb.|
Apples are highly sought after by both humans and animals.
One of the few shortcomings of apple trees is their aversion to "wet feet". More and more the only parcels left over for wildlife are the swampy bits too wet to subdivide and build on or to plow up for row crops.
Apple trees with wet feet
One of my projects is to collect scion wood from apple trees growing in exceptionally wet places. It is a retiree project. There is no way one could justify paying money to collect this genetic material. The chance of an economic pay-off is too remote.
|This specimen leans, indicating weak rooting. This clone is less desirable than the other two at this location.|
My plan is to contact the owners of the property and offer $5 per scion to collect from their trees. Further, I plan to graft them all onto a tree that I am using to collect potential rootstock breeding material.