Growing Apple Trees In Cooler Climates

They’re not ideal for growing in the southern states, but those who enjoy a little bite to their winters will find apple trees can thrive in yards as well as orchards. Where ever it gets frosty cold in the winters, but balmy in the summers is picture perfect apple tree growing weather.

Adding a single apple tree or several to a home gardening landscape is a great idea. These fragrant trees bring with them a fruit that’s loved in all sorts of dishes. After all, what beats taking a bite out of a freshly harvested apple or digging into a slice of warm apple pie?

Growing apple trees in areas where they thrive takes a little work, but the effort is not impossible. In general, planting a tree or several takes a little advanced surveying, but that’s about the biggest effort beyond digging the hole or holes that will be involved.

Apple trees are grown from the seeds of the fruit and typically take several years to progress from a seedling to a mature, apple-bearing tree. Many gardeners prefer to buy their apples in the seedling or larger size from nurseries and transplant them for quicker production. The typical rule of thumb is that it will take about three years for a smaller tree to start producing fruit.

When preparing to plant apple trees, make sure you’ve picked out a spot that gets a lot of sunlight. The hole should be more than deep enough to cover the roots and compost should be added to regular garden soil for giving the tree a good start.

If the tree comes in a peat pot, don’t remove it from the container before planting, but do slice open the container carefully to let roots grow out as they will. Watch out not to cut the roots in the process though. Those trees that come in bag should have their roots freed before planting.

Make sure the tree is buried up to the point it was concealed in the planter and then soak the soil before leaving it to its own devices. It’s also a good idea to provide a bit of support to a new apple tree for the first year or so with staking.

Once planted, these trees don’t need a lot of attention. Fruit tree fertilizer can help boost growth, but beyond that and yearly pruning once the tree has matured, little maintenance should be required. Do watch out for pests and other problems and treat accordingly for great growing apple trees in any garden or landscape setting.