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Southern Crabapple


Introduction of Southern Crabapple


            Scientific name - Malus angustifolia


The Southern crabapple comes under the crabapple category originating from the Southeastern United States, the fruits are found have an excellent aroma and are smaller size wise have a shape of a pear, Southern crabapple have astringent and acidic properties not tasty if consumed raw but aids in the preparation of jellies, jams and also food preserves, the trees are also used for decorative purpose.

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Nutritional Value of Southern Crabapple


Calories 112.9
Calories from fat 0%
Total fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 0.0mg
Sodium 2.6mg
Potassium 101.4mg
Carbohydrates 29.1g
Fiber 0.8g
Sugar 16.7g
Net carbs 28.3g
Protein 0.1g

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Uses of Southern Crabapple


The fruits are main source of food for whitetail deer, bobwhites, grouse, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, skunks, foxes and plenty of small birds, they are rarely utilized in the preparation of jellies and also as a preservative for food.


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Health Benefits of Southern Crabapple


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The flesh obtained from the fruits which are not ripe are used for healing bleeding wounds, the ripened fruit helps in proper digestion, they aid in solving the complications of congestion. They are used to treat scurvy patients, the fruit which is not ripe and also seedless helps in eradicating diarrhea and piles known as Hemorrhoids, the fruit which is fully ripe when combined with sugar aids in the preparation of a syrup which aids in solving the increased amount of thirst in the time of fever, they also act as a barrier for uterine cancer and also solves the problem of infertility linked with a shortage of a hormone named Progesterone in the body.


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Harvesting


These fruits need a maximum of 3-5 years from the time it was domesticated for acquiring a proper yield of fruits in the harvest, they will ripe correctly after 70-180 days of blooming, the ripened fruits can be collected without much of difficulty having a hard texture and these plants bear fruits easily, the harvesting can be done with the hand and avoid bruising.


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Cultivation details


The plants help in forming borders of Landscapes, the plant can be grown without much of difficulty in all the fertile soils which needs a soil which retain moisture as well as a properly drained soil which is loamy in nature, the plants grow quickly in the clay soils which are firm, they need a site which is sunny but also survives in parts of shade but it cannot bear fruits if there is no proper sunlight. The flowers are found to be scented and are violet in color, At wild atmosphere they have a short life span. These fruits are excellent source of food for wildlife and also mainly for birds. Hybridization is easy with rest of the species of the same family, these plants are vulnerable to the attacks of honey fungus, other notable characteristics are that they are from North America, the flowers have an exotic aroma and are visually pleasing.

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Propagation


The seeds are mostly ripe in the time of fall so it is sown in the fall at cold climatic conditions, the germination takes place in the end of winter, During the storage the stratification period is 3 months and must be sown in cold climatic conditions at 1 degrees. Germination may not take place after 12 months. The seedlings must be pricked and kept in separate pots after they are big enough. If the soil has an excellent composition they grow fast and become bigger in size apt for growing outdoors in the end of summer, also must be safe guarded from cold climatic conditions during winter. They can also be placed in pots under cold climatic conditions and domesticated outdoors at the end of spring in the coming year, the fully grown woods cuttings are gathered in the November month

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