It's a cruel, cruel world for apple seedlings--between mold and root rot, they barely stand a chance. I'm not sure what's changed. They were doing so well. The photo above is what I believe to be our last viable specimen. Four others remain, but are rapidly wasting away. We transplanted this one today only to discover its roots, which are normally white, were turning brown. I fear it's only a matter of time. I suppose what would we have done with 24 apple trees anyway? One thing's for certain: it's a lot easier to pawn off apple trees than hamsters.
Live and learn, as they say--and learn we did!