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European Crab Apple Malus sylvestris 100 Seeds USA Company

European Crab Apple Malus sylvestris 100 Seeds USA Company

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Malus sylvestris, commonly known as the European crab apple, is a species of apple tree native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. It's a deciduous tree that typically reaches heights of 5 to 12 meters (16 to 39 feet). The leaves are oval-shaped with serrated edges, and the tree produces pink or white flowers in spring, followed by small, sour fruit that ripens in autumn.

In addition to its ecological importance as a habitat for various species of wildlife, Malus sylvestris has historical and cultural significance. It's believed to be one of the ancestors of the cultivated apple (Malus domestica) and has been used for various purposes throughout history. The fruit, although not typically consumed fresh due to its sourness, has been used for making cider, preserves, and vinegar. The wood of the tree has also been used for crafting tool handles and small wooden items.

Malus sylvestris is also valued for its ornamental qualities, particularly its profusion of spring blossoms, which attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Additionally, efforts are underway to conserve and preserve wild populations of Malus sylvestris due to habitat loss and other threats to its survival. Hardy in zones 4-8.


Growing Instructions for the European Crab Apple


The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. 2. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 3. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 4 months. 4. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Use a sterile seed starter mix, if available. It prevents soil fungi from damaging the seeds and the seedlings. If not available, then make a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. 5. Put the soil in a pot. 6. Sow the seeds on the soil. 7. Cover the seeds with a layer of soil. 8. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet. The seeds should start to germinate in 1 to 2 weeks. 9. When the seedlings are 1-2 years old, they can be transplanted.


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