Chance Crabapple Seedlings -Part 3

Here is the last 6 of my Crabapple Seedlings. You can read more about them in Part 1.

Part 1 here, and Part 2, here.


Seedling number 13


Seedling number 14


Seedling number 15


Seedling number 16


Seedling number 17


Seedling number 18


Chance Crabapple Seedlings – Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, here are 6 more of my little Crabapple seedlings. You can read about them in Part 1… and in a few days, the final Part 3 will posted too.


Seedling number 7


Seedling number 8


Seedling number 9

Don’t worry I wiped the aphids off the leaves. I just did it after I did ALL the pictures.


Seedling number 10


Seedling number 11


Seedling number 12


Part 3 will be live in a couple days.

Chance Crabapple Seedlings – Part 1

All of the following baby trees sprouted by themselves in my garden beds that are under/near the Crabapple tree in our back yard. My best guess is that it is a Radiant Crabapple. There are a wide variety of other apple and crabapples in the neighbourhood, so there should be a good mix of genetics.

Early in spring, I gently dug them out and put into 1 gallon pots with 4-5 seedlings to pot to see if they would recover. The ones that did well, I put into their own individual 1 gallon pots in late July.

They got a quick dose of some root rescue in late August.

I wanted to keep a record of the photos of each one before they get lost in the camera roll on my phone, so there will be a couple posts in this “series”.. 3 Parts all together… I have 18 little seedlings.

They will be heeled into the garden beds in their pots for the winter, and I will cover with leaves and keep them as snow-covered as I can this winter. There are a few that I don’t know will survive/thrive but I think it’s worth a shot to see how they do.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to keep these labelled and organised, I’m welcome to the hints and tips.

Seedling number 1


Seedling number 2


Seedling number 3


Seedling number 4


Seedling number 5


Seedling number 6


Two more parts to follow… I had 18 little seedlings, and many other little baby trees from suckers and cuttings that I would like to document before winter.

How to get Trees for Free

You see the title of this post, but I should add on to it. It should be “How to get Trees for Free… with Patience

(Also I’m sorry for the lack of posts lately. May was crazy and June has been a lot of catch up from May… I’ll try and keep up throughout the summer)

I could make this ultra simple and say, just dig ’em up and move them where you want them. But lets call that the First way to get trees for Free. The more roots you can dig up and take with the tree, AND the less amount of time the roots are exposed to the air, the better your chance of success.  This is how we have moved dotted some Spruce trees around the more landscaped areas of my parent’s place.


2nd way: Dig up (or if the ground is light and loose, you can pull up), suckers from trees. That is what I have done with these May Day trees (above). They had some decent roots on them, and I put them into some soil in 1 gallon pots. I’ll give them a few weeks to get rooted into the pots, and when they do, I’ll either pot them up into 2 gallon pots and protect them in the pots over winter, OR I’ll plant them out and let them take their chances surviving winter where they will (hopefully) live for good.

3rd way: Find tiny little trees sprouting in your flowerbeds, and gently dig them out and put them into pots similar to the second way. You’ll see the little Spruce seedlings I’ve found in the photos below. I’ve also started collecting some of the baby crab apples that have been very prolific this year, but I didn’t get any decent photos of them for this post.

4th way: grab some willow cuttings and stick them in water. They will make roots and you can put them into soil… either straight to where you want them, or into pots with potting soil. No photos for this one, but try it. Its a great way to grow something easily.

5th way: find someone removing *YOUNG* trees from their yard and offer to take them off their hands.

6th way: From seed… This is the one that needs the most patience. Different types of trees have different germination requirements. Some easy, some more intense. Just do some googling before you start. You’ll see two of the Apple trees I started from seed over the winter in the photos below.

The key to “free” trees is patience and time… and knowing that they may not all survive. I’m of the mind-set of just trying it and seeing if it lives, and you’ll probably learn something along the way.


Also… I will have updates on all the fruit (and other) trees I was telling you about earlier this spring coming very very soon.

in front: Apples I started from seed, and in the 6-pack tray in the back are baby spruce seedlings I dug out of my garden beds


This is one of the Mayday’s I potted up. 


Baby Spruce I dug out of my garden beds



‘Spring Snow’ Crabapple

Like the Bur Oak, this one was a big rescue. The main leader was snapped off. Ultimately, the shape of the tree might be better because of it, it will just be a few years of waiting for it to develop its new shape.

While this is a crabapple and I love edibles… This is purely ornamental because it is sterile. It won’t produce any fruit. This makes it a great option for people who want the beautiful white apple blossoms in the spring, but don’t want any of the mess that can come with the fruit.

We planted this one in view of the kitchen window. It should be a great view in the Spring.

  • Latin Name: Malus x ‘Spring Snow’
  • Height: 20-30′
  • Spread: 10-20′
  • Zone: 3


I’ll try and get photos of this one while it is blooming, Or get my mom out there to take photos of it incase I can’t get back home with the right timing.