The Plant Propagation Unit of the St. Kitts Department of Agriculture is experimenting with producing the Canadian red apple in St. Kitts, with the department successfully cultivating a Canadian red apple tree for a year according to Director of Agriculture Melvin James.
Mr. James made this announcement during his presentation at the Department of Agriculture’s Annual Review and Planning Meeting held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort Feb. 26.
Agronomist in the St. Kitts Department of Agriculture’s Plant Propagation Unit, Paul Benjamin, said the reason for experimenting with Canadian red apples is “we want to see if temperate crops could grow in the tropical climate of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Director James had high hopes that the fruit acclimatization experiment will bear fruit.
“We are now in the process of collecting the Canadian apple, and yes it will grow,” he said. “If you know how to handle it, it will bear apples. We are looking forward in the next couple of years to be able to eat locally grown red apples.”
The experiment growing the Canadian red apple tree began in May of 2019. The tree was planted at the Department of Agriculture’s Needsmust farm and is growing healthily. It is expected to bear fruit in five years.