Apple tree pollinators

Gracie67March 8, 2014

Hello, I'm new to this forum. I'm planning to plant three apple trees this spring - and have never planted a tree before in my life! I have already ordered a Golden Russet, and my other choices at the moment are Chestnut Crab and James Grieve. I know that the crab is a good pollinator - but I'm confused by the flowering categories. The russet is flowering group 2, and the grieve is flowering group 3. All I can find out about the crab is that it flowers early to mid may.

Can anyone let me know if these three trees are a good match?

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

welcome to GW and this forum ...

however.. there is a fruit forum... and timing of bloom and pollination.. might be better answered there...

you might get AN answer here ... but you might get more there...

any good seller.. ought to be able to give you the answer also ... presuming you arent relying on bigboxstore ....

see link on how to plant a tree ...


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 8:56AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Golden Russet is an early-mid season bloomer. Most any diploid cultivar with early, early-mid, or mid season bloom time will work great for a pollenizer (bees work well as pollinators). Chestnut Crab is a diploid early-mid season bloomer and James Grieve is a diploid mid season bloomer, so both cultivars should be great pollenizers.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 3:14PM
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If you have never planted a tree and are ordering one by mail:
1.) Make sure they arrive a day you are likely to be home at least part of the day and have time to plant it. (ie do not arrive a weekend you are away).
2.) If they are bare root, be aware they will look dead and disappointing. That is true even if they are perfectly healthy.
3.) If it they are dormant don't bring them could break dormancy early.
4.) Soak the roots in a bucket of water before planting.
5.) If there is *ANYONE* who *EVER* does yard work for you...stake the tree, use tree tubes, label them, etc. May or may not be good for the tree, but it's easy for a new planting to be confused with a weed or clipped by a weed whacker.

This post was edited by edlincoln on Wed, Mar 12, 14 at 23:47

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 5:36PM
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