Mail Order Sales for Johnny Appleseed Trees
Page updated October 25, 2021
We offer the only source for Johnny Appleseed Apple Trees, which are authenticated and endorsed by the Johnny Appleseed Museum and Education Center (JAMEC) in Urbana, OH. The source for the grafting wood is a special tree, located on the Harvey-Algeo Farm in Savannah, OH, which has been authenticated as the last known tree to have been planted by John Chapman, aka. Johnny Appleseed. Each tree purchased will be registered with JAMEC and a certificate of authenticity will be sent to you, from JAMEC. For each tree purchased, $7.00 will be donated to JAMEC, by Silver Creek Nurseries, Inc.
Each tree is grafted and grown at our nursery in Manitowoc, WI, which is located just south of Green Bay and north of Milwaukee, along the shore of Lake Michigan. All the trees are grown in either plastic containers, or Root Pouch Pots in a man-made soil (similar to commercial potting soil). Root Pouch Pots are made from recycled materials and are biodegradable. All pots are re-used as many times as possible. All the containers are hand weeded. No chemical sprays are used during production and we use a slow release organic fertilizer (Sustane).
Consider joining the Johnny Appleseed Society. Membership information, along with more details about John Chapman, can be found on the JAMEC website: http://www.johnnyappleseedmuseum.org
Some of our trees are grafted on Malling 7, semi-dwarf root stock, while others are grafted on Malling 26, semi-standard root stock. All are container grown (which means few to no roots are lost when the trees are shipped). The trees are about 2-4′ tall and are considered whips (no branches yet). Most trees will begin producing their first apples in two or three years after delivery. By the way, Honeycrisp makes for a great pollinizer!
The apples produced by this tree are best harvested later in the season. In Northeastern Wisconsin, we wait until early October. By that time, the apple will be at its best, very crunchy, sweet and tart. The apples can be eaten fresh, stored (never had enough to store, so I don’t know how long they would last), made into sauce, cookies or pies.
During the dormant season (late fall, late winter and early spring), each tree is shipped bare root (no soil on the root system = less weight and less $ for shipping). It is removed from its growing container and the soil is shaken off the roots. The tree is packed in shredded, moist paper, keeping the tree alive during shipment.
Only bare root trees can be shipped to CA and OR. Sorry, our trees can’t be shipped to Canada, but arrangements are being made to have a trusted Canadian nursery grow trees for the Canadian market.
The trees can also be shipped while they are actively growing (late spring, summer and early fall). We would remove the tree from its growing container and ship the intact root mass. Of course, that would weigh more and the shipping might be more than if they would be shipped bare root.
Each order comes with planting instructions, references to more detailed instructions, and a registration card. If more than one tree is ordered, one card for each tree is sent along.
Each order also is shipped with a Plant Health Certificate, issued by the State of Wisconsin.
The price for each tree is $50.00. Fair shipping will have to be quoted because of various distances and weight issues. We do accept VISA and MasterCard. To order, please call our toll free number: 1-888-858-9927.
Our newest crop of trees is ready to go! Many have grown to almost 5 feet in one season. Some of the taller trees will need to be trimmed back for shipping. Those trees will have a small piece of masking tape around the terminal bud. There’s no need to remove the tape, as it will disintegrate in time. We are starting to ship the next group of trees for fall of 2022, and holding on to more for spring of 2023. If you’re on the waiting list, you will be contacted shortly.
All the grafts were made earlier this summer for the fall of 2023 and spring of 2024. Let’s all of us hope for another great growing season for these trees!