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Apple Trees

#7 6.2 gal. (23 L) $59.95 each

All apple trees will require a cross pollinator to produce fruit. Selecting two of the same variety will pollinate your trees, but cross pollination with two different varieties will produce the best fruit yield.

 

Royal Gala Apple

Royal Gala

A "bi-colored" apple with orange-over-cream skin. The flesh of this apple has a sweet crispness and superior quality.

Ripens early September

Pollination: Mid-season, best with Red or Golden Delicious. Also pollinated by Honeycrisp and Fuji

 

 

Red Fuji Apple

Red Fuji

Medium sized, oblong to round fruit that is extraordinarily crisp and juicy. Cream colored flesh produces a delightful aroma.

Ripens late October

Pollination: Mid-season, best with Red or Golden Delicious. Also pollenated by Honeycrisp and Fuji

 

 

Red Delicious Apple

Red Delicious

Medium to large size fruit with solid red skin. Flesh is moderately firm, sweet and juicy. Good eating and salad apple.

Ripens in October

Pollination: Late-season, best with Golden, Honeycrisp, Royal Gala, and Fuji

 

 

Golden Delicious Apple

Golden Delicious

Uniform fruit with greenish-yellow skin. Excellent flavor makes this one of the best all purpose apples.

Ripens in October

Pollination: Late season, best with Golden, Honeycrisp, Royal Gala, and Fuji

 

 

Honey Crisp Apple

Honey Crisp

A 3" fruit that is coarse grained, crisp, mildly sweet. Has an extended ripening period and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to seven months.

Ripens early September

Pollination: Late mid-season, best with Red or Golden Delicious. Also pollinated by Gala and Fuji

 

Fertilizing your Apple Trees

Annual fertilization of apple trees is essential to fruit production. These trees require lots of energy and nutrients to produce fruits. Over time the nutrients will become depleted out of the soil and should be replenished. Organic fertilizers are the best for your tree and soil. They promote microbe activity and add nutrients. Adding in a thin layer of compost to the soil around the tree will help to keep soil rich in nutrients. Using an organic mulch is also important. Mulch will keep more even moisture around your tree and will reduce watering requirements, especially during the hot dry summer months. Mulch will also slowly break down, and feed nutrients back into the soil.

Pollination of Apple Trees

At least two apple varieties should be used to insure pollination. Cross-pollination is possible only when varieties bloom at approximately the same time, i.e., late blooming varieties should not be planted with mid-season bloomers. Wind does not carry pollen from one tree to another, therefore bees are essential for proper pollination. The more bees, the better your trees will be pollinated. Having other flowering plants near your apple trees will attract more bees and improve pollination. Spraying programs should be adjusted to avoid killing bee populations. It is important not to spray trees while they are in bloom. Premature fruit drop may be caused by improper pollination. All trees should be planted within 100 feet of the pollinator tree.

Spacing for Apple Trees

Our apple trees are semi-dwarf varieties and generally grow to a height and width of 9-12ft. Proper spacing is essential because fruit trees need full sun and lots of energy to produce their fruit. The more sun the better for these trees.

Insect Protection

Fruit trees can be susceptible to a variety of insects and diseases that can negatively impact the quality and quantity of your harvest yield. We recommend you begin a spraying regimen by using Bonide Fruit Tree Spray or a more organic choice with Bonide Orchard Spray. These products contain both insecticide and fungicides. An organic alternative would be Garden Safe 3 in 1 spray which contains neem oil.

Spray your tree when new growth first appears, and again when flower buds are fully formed and about to open. Spray again after all flower petals have fallen. Spray one more time when fruit is just forming, and then any time if needed as long as it is at least three weeks before harvest date. Make sure to always read and follow directions on the label of any product you use. Platt Hill Nursery is not responsible for improper use of these products.

*Prices subject to change without notice