Every garden should have an Apple tree - whether it's a cooking or eating variety; a giant with a rope swing tied to a branch or a dwarf variety in a pot. All our Apple trees are hardy, reliable and will produce delicious fruit for years, not to mention abundant blossom in Spring. Read on for all you need to know about choosing, growing and caring for apple trees.
Choose your Apple Trees
If you only want one apple tree and there aren’t any nearby, choose a self fertile variety like Braeburn Hillwell, Egremont Russetor Cox's Orange Pippin. If your apples will be used for cooking, go for a Bramley's Seedling or Grenadier. You’re sure to enjoy a crop full of flavour with favourite varieties Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Gala - or for something more unusual, grow a heritage variety like Laxton's Superb, Herefordshire Russet or Worcester Pearmain.
Where to grow your Apple Trees
Apple trees are hardy and tolerate most growing conditions, but prefer a position in full sun with moist, well-drained soil. Make sure you plant your Apple tree where there is plenty of space for the branches to grow. Apple trees can be pruned to fit any size of garden, or trained as fans, cordons or espaliers. For smaller gardens or growing in pots, choose a dwarf variety like Spartan, Elstar or Discovery.
Apple Tree Care Tips
Apple trees tolerate most soils, but you can aid drainage by adding some pea gravel to the hole when you plant them. In pots, make sure the compost never dries out. Feed your trees in late Winter with chicken manure pellets and give them a mulch in Spring. Apples are ready to be harvested when they come away from the branch with a gentle twist.
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