If you are planting several apple trees, choose a variety. There are a few advantages of having apple trees blossom at different times in the spring.
Coming into blossom a week or two apart can make all the difference when growing apple trees. If you get a late winter frost, only some of your blossoms will be killed. You’ll still have some apples to eat and store.
Some apples mature earlier than others. That’s great. Enjoy fresh apples for several months.
It’s easier to do canning in stages instead of all at once.
I recommend getting a good healthy apple tree seed stock that has a trunk that’s at least a 1-inch in diameter and 6 feet tall. If you pay a little extra for a larger tree, you don’t have to wait so long for the smaller tree to grow. But that's a personal choice.
Plant the rootstock in a hole that’s about 2 feet in diameter. If it’s a bare root tree, spread out the roots. Backfill with this soil combination:
Manure or Peat Moss
Keep the newly planted tree well watered until the tree has established its root system. Don’t over water the tree.
When the tree is 2-3 years old it should begin to bear fruit.
It’s important to prune your growing apple trees each spring so that you can have healthy trees and optimize the tree's fruit production. Click on the link for simple step-by-step instructions on
how to prune your apple trees.
After the tree begins to flower in the spring, the tree may need to be sprayed for coddling moth worms with a commercial spray of “Imidian” or some other spray recommended by your local county agent specialist.
Some people have been successful in preventing worms from getting into the apples by frequently spraying the trees with a soap solution.
We personally don't like to spray for bugs. The bug spray kills a lot of the helpful insects. Many of our apples don't have any bug spots. If there is a spot, we just cut it out and eat the organic apple. -- Jennifer
If you want to grow large apples, you’ll need to thin them in the spring. Each branch can only support so much apple growth.
A small cluster of apples will begin to grow from the blossoms. Each cluster has 2-7 apples. Choose the largest apple in each cluster, and leave it on the branch. Gently break off the other apples. Leave an apple about every 8”-12” That’s usually about 2-3 apples per branch.