Air layering a Historic Apple

Today I had the honor of completing the segregation of some 16 independent new starts of a King of the Pippins Apple tree at the Neely Mansion in Auburn, Wa. The limbs that had become buried in the valley alluvial of the Green River valley, presumably due to the weight of this giant tree limb bearing down and causing the limb tips to sink into the soil. From the buried limb tips I was able to saw 16 rootstock clones ready to be planted by the Mansion custodians. As a reward I got to bring one home to plant! A very nice Sunday activity.
Kent, Wa
See pic of the tree planted by setlers in the 1890’s

See closeup of the limb tips that have rooted with new suckers ready for segregation.


Nice job. Great photos and story.