A Tale of Two Crabapples

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I received these two from evergreen gardenworks today. One is a Prairie Fire, the other is a Mary Potter. I am prepared for once, and have some bigger pots that I can put them in. Should I just let them run all summer, and prune them back some late summer/early fall? MARY POTTER.jpg MARY POTTER BUD.jpg PRAIRIE FIRE.jpg PRAIRIE FIRE BLOOM.jpg First time with these, so any advice would be appreciated.
 
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That’s what I’d do, except maybe late fall when the leaves have dropped. Meanwhile, manage growth and ramification by pinching off apical buds as appropriate. After having a similar conversation with Sorce about a flowering apricot, I would also say that if you can identify branches you know you won’t want later, prune ‘em and paste ‘em now to avoid wasting the tree’s energy on crap you’re going to inevitably get rid of.
But I kill trees, so my advice is worth what it costs.
 
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I received these two from evergreen gardenworks today. One is a Prairie Fire, the other is a Mary Potter. I am prepared for once, and have some bigger pots that I can put them in. Should I just let them run all summer, and prune them back some late summer/early fall? View attachment 186492 View attachment 186493 View attachment 186494 View attachment 186495 First time with these, so any advice would be appreciated.
They look great! I love the flower color of yours. Mine start out pink like your first pictures (the Mary Potter?) but then as they open the pink fades and the flowers are all white. Have they opened all the way yet?
 
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They look great! I love the flower color of yours. Mine start out pink like your first pictures (the Mary Potter?) but then as they open the pink fades and the flowers are all white. Have they opened all the way yet?
The Prairie Fire is the purple one, but the Mary Potter's blooms aren't quite open yet. Hoping for pink, but they may be white, looking at the one's closest to opening. But it's all good, flowers are flowers.:)
 
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They look very similar to mine before they opened so they may be turning white. But like you said, flowers are flowers!

What kind of pot are you looking at repotting them into, and when?
 
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They look very similar to mine before they opened so they may be turning white. But like you said, flowers are flowers!

What kind of pot are you looking at repotting them into, and when?
I got some decent hard plastic pots, that look a little nicer than nursery pots from Amazon, they'll be going in. Not going to mess with them until they're done blooming, so I can enjoy the flowers.
 

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I got some decent hard plastic pots, that look a little nicer than nursery pots from Amazon, they'll be going in. Not going to mess with them until they're done blooming, so I can enjoy the flowers.
Call me, there are a few details that are not difficult but being overlooked here. Trust me on this one it will be worth the 10 minutes ;)

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