An update on the apple trees we send to Banda, Lake Kivu, Rwanda. A missionary group visiting took the above photo, and I’m happy to say the trees are doing WONDERFUL! The growth is comperable to what I have here in my nursery. Typically at the end of the long rains they would strip the leaves to trigger dormancy and blossoming, but I asked them if they would hand-water them through the dry season until the short rains in November-December, and then strip the leaves at that time. If they’re able to do this, I think they will get some excellent growth on these this year.
Even if some animal breaks in and munches the trees to the ground, we’ve proven that apple trees can thrive in the jungles of Rwanda, and will start thinking about mass plantings. I thank God for allowing us to be part of this.