Chance seedling Crabapples

Posted by John Kring on Sep 8th 2019

First off, apple trees don't grow true from a seed.  This means that if you get a seed from a Red Delicious to sprout, grow into a tree, and have apples it will most likely be a sour inedible app … read more

Red Flesh Apple Blossoms

Posted by John Kring on May 27th 2019

The blossoms on an apple tree can sometimes be a good indicator of the type of apple.  Check out the picture below.  Can you figure out which one is the red flesh apple tree?  The apple … read more

Fear the Deer

Posted by John Kring on May 12th 2019

At Maple Valley Orchards, we're big fans of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Milwaukee apple.  The Milwaukee apple is a great tart apple for cooking and drying.  Our friends at Peck and Bushel (w … read more

Everything Wants to Eat your Trees

Posted by John Kring on Apr 29th 2019

This is what I tell all of our customers.  The picture below is a great example of what I'm talking about.   Rabbits can do this to a tree when the snow is deeper than your trunk guards … read more

Let's Do This!

Posted by John Kring on Apr 27th 2019

Yesterday we were at Flambeau High School in Tony, WI.  Their plant science class had invited us to come and teach an apple grafting class.  My partner Tony has taught many grafting cla … read more