Grow your own orchard!
How to Plant Apple Trees
Grow your own backyard orchard with gorgeous and delicious apple trees!
- Before planting, remove all weeds and grass in a 4-foot diameter circle.
- Apple trees require cross-pollination, so you will need to two different varieties of trees within a couple of hundred feet of each other. If you do not plant with a different variety, the tree will not bear fruit.
- Dig a hole twice the diameter of the root system and 2 feet deep. Spread the roots into soil, making sure they are not crowded or twisted.
- Cover the roots and firm the soil to remove air pockets.
- Water regularly to establish a healthy root system.
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Popular Apple Varieties
One of the most popular varieties available. The tree produces a gorgeous display of delicate, fragrant pink flowers in spring leading to rich green foliage and abundant apples in summer. The fruit has a sweet and tart flavor that is firm, crisp and juicy. Medium in size and have gorgeous red-colored skin and will be ready to harvest come October.
A very popular variety that burst into life come spring. Beautiful pink buds open to bright white flowers. Getting into the summer season, the apples will mature to a bright, red-striped skin that is very aromatic. The apples are medium in size, very crisp and ready to harvest come mid-August.
A gorgeous variety with green foliage and white blossoms in spring. Come summer, the apples will begin to mature to a red color blushed with yellow. The fruit will be crispy and juicy with a tart sweetness. They are ready to harvest come September.
Recipe: Mulled Apple Cider
A fragrant, warm drink for a cool, crisp day!
Recipe: Apple, Cranberry & Spinach Salad
A healthy and delicious meal using your homegrown apples.