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Silver Creek Nursery

Viking Apple

Viking Apple

History: Viking was the first apple selected by the the collaborative PRI disease-resistant breeding program run by Purdue University, Rutgers University, and the University of Illinois but was found to unfortunately still be susceptible to scab. Although the variety set to be discarded, a few growers found that the apple's taste outweighed its lack of disease resistance and in 1969 it was unofficially released from the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station.

Why We Grow It:  It is easy to see why growers were so eager to overlook Viking's scab susceptibility, its flavour providing a sweet-tart taste with notes of rose and lychee. It is an excellent all-purpose apple that can be used for cooking, baking, sauce, and cider. Its great flavour and utility is matched by its attractive appearance, the large fruit featuring dark red skin bordering on maroon. However, it does bruise easily and brown quickly and only stores for about a month at most.  

Fruit Specs

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking, baking, sauce, preserving, cider

Fruit Size: Medium

Storage: Keeps until October when stored in cool, humid conditions

Harvest: Mid September

Cider Class (if applicable):

Growing Specs

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions.

Flowering Time: Unknown, likely early or middle

Bloom Colour: White

Pollination Requirements: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time

Sun/Shade Requirements:

Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

General Growth Habits:

Highly vigorous and precocious, semi-spur bearing. Susceptible to scab.

Shipping vs. Pick Up

CLICK HERE to see how shipping compares to pick up.

Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

Size at Purchase

Our grafted fruit trees are graded into three categories, and the size includes the rootstock:

  • 50-80cm whip: may have some minor branching, this grade is like a "b-grade" size tree in industry standards; we include in this price category trees that are over 1m but have some scarring or mild crookedness.
  • 1m+ whip: may have some minor branching, aka feathering. This is like a typical one-year whip in industry standards. 
  • 1m+ branched: these trees must be over a meter and have 3 or more branches 30cm or longer, as well as a central leader. They are essentially a two-year tree in industry standards. 
  • For stone fruits only - 1m+ whip/branched: We have combined these grades based on the way these trees grow and are grafted. Plums, apricots, cherries, and peaches naturally tend to grow more vigorously compared to apples and are more likely to form larger trees with more branches. However, we only chip bud them so they are a one-year old tree by industry standards. Apples and pears are partially bench grafted, and using the knip-boom method the grading becomes more complicated, hence the reason they are split into different grades.
grafted tree grades at silver creek nursery
Please keep in mind, bareroot trees appear small if you are unfamiliar with them. Size can vary year to year due to weather conditions and every single variety has a unique amount of vigor (some varieties naturally are smaller and some bigger, much like humans -and when you propagate hundreds of varieties, there certainly is variation). While we remain competitive in our plant size, it's also worth noting we don't use synthetic chemicals to push vegetative growth, therefore you may find conventional nursery stock larger in some instances comparatively. 
Why plant small? It's best to transplant a tree when it's young so it can establish its roots before it has a lot of vegetative growth. This is much less stressful on it and bareroot trees tend to catch up and even surpass larger potted trees planted at the same time, after a few years.

Orders that are cancelled last minute due to size (being "to small"), will still incur the applicable cancellation fees if the trees are true to our grading standards as per the agreement of sale when the order was placed.

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Regular price $48.00 CAD
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