Apples @ Altai

Under the severe climatic conditions of Siberia fruit-growing is possible only with frost-resistant apple cultivars. Middle Russian apple varieties are grown here only in creeping forms, with the trees covered with snow over the whole winter. The breeders at the Altai region Research Institute created and studied 285,000 hybrids /on their roots/ from 998 combinations. They obtained 49 cultivars, 11 of which were registered and 32 of which were introduced into State variety trials.