Friday, 16 May 2014

Tips for growing an apple tree

Apples are one of the most popular fruits around and now you can grow a crop of crunchy, juicy fruit in your own backyard. 
  • Apple trees can tolerate extreme cold, warm and even sub-tropical regions.
  • Position trees where they will be protected from strong winds.
  • Selecting the right variety for your region is crucial, as this is the key to ensuring a bountiful harvest.
  • They grow best in full sun, but will also cope with part-sun.
  • While apple trees prefer deep, rich, well-drained loam, they’re adaptable to other soil types. However, avoid the two extremes of waterlogged or excessively dry positions. If you’re planting in pots or tubs, always use a premium potting mix.
  • Apple trees require relatively little feeding once they’re established. However, they will appreciate an application of a suitable controlled-release fertiliser each spring.
  • Like any temperate-climate fruit tree, apples require little to no additional water during the autumn and winter months.
  • As the fruit forms over the spring and summer months, water them occasionally between rainy periods, and mulch and water well during hot summer weather.
  • There’s a range of dwarf and compact varieties available that are suitable for garden beds, large tubs or planter boxes.
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