Back in February I bagged up assorted apple seeds with moist paper towels and sent them to the cold room to sprout. In May or June I brought them upstairs to see how they had turned out.
I was busy with the garden, spring chores, critters... I totally neglected them. When it finally occurred to me to check them again, they were all dried out and dead.
However, I struck gold one day at Canadian Tire. They had 4 apple trees in stock. Four Zone 2 apple trees. Apparently someone there was a gardener, and got annoyed with that automatic shipping policy. She told off TPTB last year, and ordered her own stock this year. Stuff that will actually grow here. What a concept!
I bought them all. They were already loaded with tiny apples. We added them to the forest garden area (which I also totally neglected). Husband and the bigs used the post hole digger to drill nice deep wide holes to plant them in, and loosen the soil to let the roots spread.
Then we overwatered them. Because all that loose soil held the water. And every time it rained, the water ran there. Dad figured it out before we killed them. We stopped watering, but most of the fruit was already cracked and rotting.
Then it got hot and dry for awhile. But the forecast said it was going to rain. So we still didn't water them. And we almost killed them. the leaves were falling off mid-summer.
And despite all of that, they're still alive.
No apples this year though. They're all shrivelled up.
My three year old trees (started from seed) are doing well.
Of the other apple trees, the ones we bought that weren't zone 2, only the root stock on one survived last winter.