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How to Plant Apple Trees  (continued - page 4)

Where To Grow
Apple trees prefer full sun, although they will tolerate some shade. Pick a position that will not become water-logged, and that is not in a "frost pocket" (a low-lying area where cold air gathers and settles).

Apple trees are tolerant of most soil conditions - extremes of acid or alkaline soil will need to be corrected before planting. Perfect conditions are a crumbly soil with medium fertility and slightly on the acid side.

Soil Preparation
Soil preparation is best done a month or more before planting so that the soil has time to settle. Dig a 60cm (2ft) deep by 1.2m (4ft) square hole, incorporating as much organic material as possible - aim to get the soil crumbly. 

If the tree is being planted in soil which has previously been fertilised for other crops, do not add more fertiliser - too fertile a soil will result in too much tree growth at the expense of too little fruit growth.

If the tree is being planted in a lawn, prepare as above, working in three handfuls of bonemeal or other long-lasting fertiliser.

When and How To Plant Apple Trees
Planting apple trees should be done any time during the winter and early Spring months, October to December being the best months.

Plant an apple tree

Planting is simple - in basic terms, dig a hole large enough to easily take the roots, place the tree in the hole and cover the roots with soil up to the surrounding ground level. Simple enough, but bear in mind a few points.

Don't add any fertiliser to the soil at this time - it may burn the roots and it will only encourage tree growth at the expense of fruit growth.

The tree should be planted to the same depth as it was in the pot (or the soil mark on the trunk in the case of bare-rooted trees). If in doubt, make sure that the joining point between the rootstock and scion (see previous section entitled rootstocks) is at least 5cms (2in) above ground level. Having planted the tree, firm  down the soil using your boots to ensure the soil is in good contact with the roots.  Water well if the conditions are dry.

1 year old apple tree planted

How to stake and tie an apple tree Trees on the following rootstocks will need staking throughout their lives - M9, M26 and M27. Stakes should be 5cm (2in) diameter and in general about 1.5m (5ft) high - 60cm (2ft) below ground, and the remainder above ground.

The stake should be 8cm (3in) or so from the main stem. Tie the trunk to the stake in one or two places using plastic ties available from garden centres. Do not use wire or anything which could cut into the tree trunk.

The ties will need to be checked for the first couple of years to ensure that growth of the tree trunk has not caused them to become too tight.

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More vigorous varieties will also need staking during their first two years after planting - after this time the stakes can be removed.



Name: jim@GardenAction
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Date posted: November 30, 2011 - 03:00 am
Message: Hello Jennifer
You have lots of great tropical fruit, grow them, apple trees need a cool climate.

Name: jennifer operania
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Date posted: November 29, 2011 - 05:40 am
Message: Hi I am from Philippines,i want to plant an apple but the truth is i don't have an idea planting this kind of trees.I am so curious if this plant will grow in our country,i really want to try it..please help me and give me some idea..

Name: jim@GardenAction
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Date posted: November 07, 2011 - 01:45 pm
Message: Hello Paul.
Get local advice. You may have to pay,but it's worth it.

Name: Paul maph
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Date posted: November 07, 2011 - 07:10 am
Message: I am in Lesotho and would like to grow apple trees. I have capital to grow about 1000 trees, I have a very basic knowledge on peach tree treatment and would to acquire as much info as I possibly can on the subject..

Name: jim@GardenAction
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Date posted: October 23, 2011 - 11:52 pm
Message: You have great tropical fruit in Malaysia. Grow them, they do better than apples which need a chill in winter.

Name: YH Loh
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Date posted: October 23, 2011 - 11:10 am
Message: Hi I am YH Loh from Malaysia i have 3 young apple tree planted from seed (i buy the apple from Hypermarket than i notice the seed is growing so i try it)now about i inc. Malaysia is in tropical weather it is OK to plant a apple tree. Its there a Abrasia Variety apple from Italy because the label stated.And I also have a Fuji Variety about 6 inc.
Thank you

Name: jitendra
Date posted: October 06, 2011 - 12:39 am
Message: Hi I am from gujrat Amdabad and I planing for farming for apple. Please suggest

Name: adrin
Date posted: October 05, 2011 - 09:31 am
Message: i would like know if apples an survive in mukono district in uganda ?

Date posted: August 22, 2011 - 10:50 am

Name: kabakubya
Date posted: August 15, 2011 - 06:43 pm
Message: Sir,what ocoulb be the right season for the apples grow in uganda?

Name: kier
Date posted: July 26, 2011 - 11:12 am
Message: when is the planting season for alpples

Name: sunil sharma
Date posted: July 24, 2011 - 12:04 pm
Message: shape of apple fruit is not so good,what should i do.

Date posted: July 22, 2011 - 03:02 am
Message: I am Joseph, from Idukki District in Kerala, Planing to grow some apple trees, plz give the suggetions.......

Name: jason dean hall
Date posted: July 21, 2011 - 02:45 pm
Message: do u plant all fruit trees the same time as apple trees

Name: sirisha
Date posted: July 09, 2011 - 03:00 am
Message: hi...... i planning to apple plantation give me some suggesation

Name: claire
Date posted: July 07, 2011 - 02:02 pm
Message: i found a apple tree in a ditch covered in plastic i think it had been their a few weeks ,the roots had no root ball i pruned it back and found green wood what are the chances of it growing and what care should i give, i have soaked in water overnight and planted in a tub. thanks claire

Name: destiny
Date posted: June 18, 2011 - 09:18 am
Message: HELLO am DESTINY DAVID from Nigeria i have difficulty growing apples in cross River State .please help me out..........

Name: marina
Date posted: June 13, 2011 - 11:49 am
Message: hello we just bought two apple trees and wounder if we can plant them now or should wait till fall please help thank you

Name: Emeka
Date posted: June 03, 2011 - 04:35 am
Message: Hello, am emeka from nigeria. I have 10 apple trees which i grew from seed. They are about 5 months to 10 months old. Though i have planted them in a farm last month,may. I didnt fertilize it,but i marshed it with natural organic from cow. Please in need support on how to care for them. How many fit will it grow befor i can cut it. More help please.

Name: Bonnie
Date posted: May 03, 2011 - 10:21 pm
Message: I wonder if anyone knows the name of an apple which is oval, almost egg shaped, and yellow with a pink blush to the tender skin. I have never seen another apple like this and my tree was cut down by the county road commission when they cleared my road. I thought it may have been an old variet from the eary 1900's planted long before the road was made.