Adopt an apple tree

Want to discover the pleasure of biting into an apple in his garden? Plant a trained apple tree, you will enjoy in next fall.

A beautiful bloom in spring, fruit in September, pretty colors in autumn: apple is also decorative than useful. It has its place in the ornamental garden, adapting even the smallest by paling against a wall or mini version in pot.

Choose an apple tree formed 3 to 5 years by a professional is worth the investment: it will allow you to get a harvest very quickly - in the year after planting - and allow you the size, structure of the tree is already constructed.

Plant species self-fertile if space is limited; if you have room, do not hesitate to invest in two apple varieties flowering but at the same time, to foster cross-pollination.

Planting and care of apple

Apple appreciate deep soils and well draineds. Install your tree November to March a hole in two to three times greater than the volume of the roots.

  • Bring some compost mature or rotted manure, recap respecting the soil layers and make a saucer.
  • Sprinkle generously the first two years and mulch.
  • Be aware that some nurserymen can take care of the plantation.

The size eliminates the dead wood and to balance the silhouette each late winter. Treatment with Bordeaux mixture is recommended after the fall of leaves or bud to limit the risk of disease. Finally, do not hesitate to eliminate some bunches of flowers in spring to promote growth of other fruits.

  • Read also: planting, maintenance, size of apple and apple harvest

Apple varieties

To choose your apple tree, the ideal is to test fruit in an orchard. From the easiest and most productive species, there is Belle de Boskoop, loves humid climates; Cox's Orange and Golden Delicious that accommodate anywhere; Granny Smith, which offers tart apples; Queen of Reinettes, the fruits of a long shelf life ...

Ask your nursery, it will advise you the most suitable variety to your garden.

Laure Hamann

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