I often think about the legacy that I will leave behind when I pass away. Things like my children and grandchildren and this farm will be part of that legacy. But also think my many heirloom apple and other fruit trees that I am now collecting and planting. Trees that will be here many years after I am gone and I come to realize that my legacy will also be a fruitful Legacy.
Saving Iowa’s old trees
I have put an ad on Craigslist looking for old apple trees, asking for information and whereabouts of old apple trees so I can graft the trees before the tree dies and that way the tree lives on. I have had lots of people who have called and told me about old fruit trees. Some are really old like the the 150 pear tree in the picture at the top of the page. But some are not that old and were planted in the 1970’s, I am really not that interested in those because in the 70’s most nurseries only offered about 10 different varieties.
i am looking for varieties that you can’t readily buy from most nurseries, or wild fruit trees that have started out from Seed.
I like wild trees that have grown from Seed because most apple trees don’t grow true from seed. The Seed is the result of the tree it comes from and from the tree it got its pollen from and this creates a new variety.
At this time I have planted over 60 apple trees and still plan on adding more each year. I have over 30 different varieties with many of them being heirloom trees from the 1600’s to the 1800’s and are considered some of the best tasting apples of all time. varieties like Asmeads Kernel, Cox Orange Pippen, Hawkeye, Macoun, Knobbed Russet, Esopus Spitzenberg, Calville Blanc D’hiver, Winesap, Grimes Golden, Duches of Oldenburg, Fresh Candy, Wolf River, Black Twig, Arkansas Black, Liberty, and many newer varieties as well. At this time I am not sure what the plan is, I may start selling some trees.