Further Research on Crab Apples
Further research to be undertaken by SWCWT Crab Apple Project:
- Location of trees in relation to transport routes past and present.
- Location of trees in relation to cow pasture and possible drover’s routes.
- The dates when the tree blossoms
- Characteristics of our natives
- The average length of the yearly stem growth
- The quantity, size and colour of fruit each tree produces
- The taste of the apples when just fallen, and after keeping
- Further uses for Crab Apples
- Best methods of propagation, questioning grafting methods, layering, cuttings etc
- How many of the crab apple trees are in old cow-pastures?
- Do the apple seeds germinate better in cowpats?
- Why do crab apples not germinate freely?
- Is apple wooded pasture (cattle-grazed open woodlands and scraggy parks) part of the story, an old Galloway legacy?