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‘Ambrosia’ Apple (Nic29 Dwarf)


Clear red blush covers 70-90% of the fruit. Clean smooth skin with no russeting. Crisp, juicy flesh with pleasing sub-acid flavour. Grafted on M9 NIC29 dwarf rootstock. Bare-root or Potted!

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A naturally occurring sport from British Columbia introduced in 1980. Clear red blush covers 70-90% of the fruit. Clean smooth skin with no russeting. Crisp, juicy flesh with pleasing sub-acid flavour. Creamy texture, excellent for fresh salads. Ripens in late September. A popular variety, now common in most grocery stores across North America.

Grafted onto a Malling 9 selection NIC 29 (M9 NIC29) rootstock. Fully dwarfing (30-40% of standard). Very hardy and disease tolerant. Precocious; induces flowering earlier in maturity. May require support (staking or trellising). NIC29 is more vigorous than other M9 selections and is used to improve the vigour of certain scions such as Honeycrisp.

1/2″ caliper bareroot or #5 potted


Plant Details

Scion Latin: Malus  Ambrosia

Rootstock Latin: Malus  Malling 9 selection NIC 29′

Hardiness Zone: 5 – 8

Height: 8′ – 12′

Spread: 4′ – 5′

Bloom Time: Spring

Ripens: September

Flower Colour: White

Fruit Colour: Red blush over green-yellow

Foliage Colour: Green

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Soil Requirements: Fertile, well-draining soil. Avoid competition with grass near the base of the tree.


  • Edible Fruit
  • Showy Flowers
  • Dwarf Rootstock

Special Considerations: Apples require cross-pollination with another Malus species (Crabapple, Apple-Crab or Apple) within the same general area such as city block. Dwarf trees may require support.

Rootstock Details

Budagovsky 9 (B.9) – Dwarfing rootstock resulting from a cross between M.8 x ‘Red Standard’ (Krasnij Standard) from Russia. B.9 has been widely tested and is used commercially. It is slightly more dwarfing than M.9 and is slightly more productive. Other traits of note: Very early precocity; very winter hardy; little suckering; requires support; adapted to well-drained soil; very resistant to crown rot; more fireblight resistant than M.9.

Malling 9 Nic29 (M.9 Nic29) – A dwarfing rootstock selection of M.9 made in Belgium and is slightly more vigorous than other M.9 selections. M.9 is used to impart vigour to cultivars such as Empire or Honeycrisp. Slightly larger tree; between M.9 and M.26 in size. Low to no suckering.

Geneva 2020 (G.202) – Geneva 202 (G.202) is a semi-dwarfing rootstock that produces a tree slightly larger than M.26. It was developed from a cross of M.27 and Robusta 5. It is fire blight and phytophthora resistant as well as having resistance to woolly apple aphids. The rootstock has been mainly tested in New York and New Zealand. In New Zealand, they are looking at this rootstock as a possible replacement for M.26 since it is more productive than M.26

Ottawa 3 (O. 3) – This rootstock was bred in Canada for its cold hardiness, with one parent being M.9. Trees on O.3 are about the size of M.9 EMLA but smaller than M.26. Induces early bearing. Resistant to collar rot, but susceptible to fire blight and woolly apple aphids. Ottawa 3, although being available for many years, has not been popular with the nursery industry. Linden Lane Farms has rootstock from an original, disease-free stool block from the University of Saskatchewan and is looking into grafting local varieties such as ‘Transparent’ for hobbyist growers in the near future.

Bare-root Tree Planting Guide

By definition, bare-root trees are not grown in a pot and will not have any soil around their roots – hence the name “bare root”. Our bare-root trees are dormant, which makes them easier to transplant since they experience less transpiration (water loss) immediately after planting because they do not have growing leaf tissue. The best thing you can do for new bare-root stock is to avoid shock as much as possible, so don’t wait until it’s too late in the season to plant. The best time to plant a bare-root tree, or any other bare-root plant, is in the fall or early spring. If you cannot plant right away, is also very important to not let the roots dry out completely as this will severely reduce the viability after planting. 

Steps to planting a bare-root tree;

  • Prepare the planting site
    • Remove all perennial weeds and grasses within 3-4ft of the tree’s location.
      • Grass growing close to the trunk is the easiest way to stunt/dwarf trees, which is not what you want in the first few developing seasons.
    • A planting hole that is large enough to accommodate the current root system with some extra room to grow.
      • For fruit trees, we recommend a round hole at least 3′ W x 2.5′ D. This sized hole or larger will allow the new roots to grow into freshly worked soil over the course of a few years.
      • It probably makes little sense to dig any hole deeper than 2’. Most deciduous fruit trees (standard or dwarf) have a somewhat fibrous root system in which their effective feeding roots are typically in the top 1–2’ of the soil. While they may have “anchor” roots that go deeper, these roots are adept at growing downward themselves.
    • Add compost and/or fertilizer to the hole and soil removed during digging.
  • Spread out the dormant tree’s roots to encourage outward growth.
  • Keep the tree vertical in the planting hole (perpendicular to the ground) so that it grows straight.
    • Use stakes or metal posts to encourage straight growth especially with dwarfing rootstocks and windy sites.
      • The key with tree support is to loosely tie the tree to allow it to still move in the wind so it develops its own support for when you remove the post after a few seasons.
      • It is recommended that some dwarfing rootstock remain trellised for their lifetime as their root structure will not be able to support their heavy fruit weights before harvest. Search high-density orchards for more information. BC HD Planting Manual. OMAFRA HD Orchard Trellis Video. 
  • Refill the hole with native soil (what was removed at digging time), and any other soil amendments. Keep the graft union (noticeable “bump” in the lower trunk) 2-3 inches above the ground. Also, be aware of bud and branch locations when setting in your tree.

  • Gently tamp out any air pockets from the soil once the planting hole is filled, but not too hard to damage the roots or cause compaction.

  • Thoroughly water your newly planted tree.
  • Prune tree! See our guide to pruning fruit trees.
  • (Optional) Mulch around the newly planted tree to help retain and balance soil moisture as the new roots begin to develop. We recommend wood chips as straw grass clipping and sawdust can create over-wintering habitats for rodents who will damage the trunks of the trees.

If planting must be delayed after purchase, keep trees in a shaded/cool location with roots buried in moist peat moss or sawdust. Make sure the media (peat or sawdust) moist/damp and is not soaked/saturated with water for long periods of time because the roots do need to breathe. If the media becomes saturated allow it to dry out over time and avoid overwatering again. The correct moisture should allow you to make a ball of media in your hand that when squeezed lets out some moisture into your hand.  Using this method, you may see new roots begin to develop into the media. Be careful when transplanting to avoid breaking too many of the newly developing roots.

Spring Plant Reservation Policy

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We make it easier to grow your best garden!
What sets us apart from most nurseries, aside from our production growing experience with our products, is that we help you plan well in advance of the growing season by offering to reserve your plants for pickup or delivery in the spring! As a part of our Spring Plant Reservation program, you have the option to purchase in full or place a deposit on your order and pay the balance at pickup. Our SPR program has helped hundreds of customers secure their gardening desires since 2013!


We require a 50% minimum deposit to reserve your order. Orders may also be paid in full to reserve. Any outstanding balance is due at pick up or before shipping or delivery. 

Orders will be reserved once a deposit or full payment has been received. Deposits (50% of order value) cannot be refunded after April 5th, 2021

Payment can be made by cheque, gift card, email money transfer or credit card. Please follow the instructions on your invoice.


We strongly recommend ordering before April 5th, 2021 to secure your order. Orders are dependent on available inventory. Some stock may have limited available quantities. We reserve the right to offer a substitution or refund if stock becomes unavailable. 

Some items are available to be purchased in bulk quantities. Please contact us for bulk orders.

Looking for something in particular that we don’t offer on the website? We are able to source different product sizes and cultivars for special orders. 


DeliveryNEW 2020! Free Delivery on orders over $500, within 30 minutes from Krestova! Please contact us to arrange a delivery date.

Bare-root Perennials stock: Bare-root perennial stock will be available for pickup from the farm in Krestova in May. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup closer to this date.

Bare-root Tree Fruit stock: Bare-root tree fruit stock will be available for pickup from the farm in Krestova in May. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup closer to this date. We are unable to ship bare-root trees at this time.

Potted Nursery & Transplant Stock: All potted SPR orders under $500 must be picked up May from the farm in Krestova. Please click here to see the dates and times. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup. 

Centralized Delivery-Pickup: Now offering a drive-thru plant pickup to Nelson, Castlegar and Winlaw. $10 delivery fee. Dates TBA. Click here to learn more!


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