[NAFEX] Pixie crunch fruiting in fall

Doreen Howard gardendiva at charter.net
Sun Nov 18 22:30:09 EST 2007

My Pixie Crunch bore fruit the first spring after I planted it, and none of 
the other apple trees planted at the same time in my mini-orchard (Bud-9 
trees) flowered that spring. I asked about it to the list, too, and Ed 
Fackler replied that Pixie Crunch is partially self-fruitful.
Doreen Howard
IL-WI Border, Zone 5a

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stefan Brandle" <sbrandle at css.taylor.edu>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2007 7:28 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] Pixie crunch fruiting in fall

> My little pixie crunch got frozen out this spring along with the rest of
> the plants. I noticed sometime in September (or so) that it was
> flowering again. I patted it gently on the head (so to speak) and told
> it that I appreciated the effort, but that it shouldn't get too set on
> producing fruit. "Wait until next spring and fruit your heart out then"
> I advised it.
> Anyway, it has fruit on it. About 3/4 inch diameter (~2cm). Given where
> the temperatures are heading, this is not going to end well. But here's
> the point of this posting: Could pixie crunch be self-fertile? To the
> best of my knowledge, nothing malus-ish of mine was blooming. There may
> have been some flowers on a neighbor's crab. I didn't look at the time
> and didn't notice anything. We only have three neighbors who have any
> form of apple within a 200 yard/meter radius.
> So, it doesn't prove anything, but maybe pixie is self-fertile.
> -- sb
> In zone 4B and changing, where pixies are making magical apples.
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