Apple Trees

Seasonal Information. Apple trees are quite tolerant, withstanding most conditions, including wind and cold. It is recommended that your apple tree be planted in spring, though fall planting can be successful in regions that experience mild, moist fall and winter months.

Location. Full sunlight and good air circulation are central elements to think about when selecting your planting location. While apple trees can tolerate a wide range of soil types, they will not thrive in areas with poor drainage or high acid levels. Be sure to space your trees 30-35 feet apart.

Planting Instructions. Begin by digging your planting hole to accommodate the root ball of your tree. Set bare root trees atop a small mound of soil in the middle of the hole, and spread the roots out evenly.  If you so choose, a tree stake can be utilized to properly angle the tree. Fill the hole in with soil and pack firmly. Be sure to water the tree, as this will permit the roots to make good contact with the soil right away.

Watering. Your apple tree will need to be watered regularly to make certain that the root system becomes well established. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.

Fertilization. Your apple tree will benefit from being fertilized annually with a 10-10-10 formula.

Weed Control. Any weeds that are present around the area of your tree should be removed immediately. Insulate the tree with 3-4 inches of mulch, and be sure to replenish as needed.

Pests & Disease. The best defense is a healthy tree. Good soil, proper feeding and adequate water are vital to its success.

Pruning. Your apple tree will need very little pruning during its first few years. Mature apple trees require annual pruning.

Pollination. Apple trees benefit greatly from cross-pollination, as they are generally not self-fertile trees. Plant at least one other variety that blooms at the same time nearby.