Yep, we're growing that many different types of apples. It's an incredible collection of classic heirloom and wonderful connoisseur varieties. And almost none are what you'll find filling the bins of most grocery stores. Read more
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If your tree came in a pot – like most of the trees we sell – then you can plant it pretty much any time, except for maybe the month or two of the summer. Other than that, though, the sooner you get it in the ground, the better.
Here’s what to do:
1.Choose a good planting location: one with plenty of sun, good drainage, decent quality soil and room for the tree to grow. Apple trees can survive and sometimes do quite well in less than eprfect locations, but the better you can do in finding the right spot, the happier - and mroe productive - your tree will be.
2. Dig a hole slightly wider and deeper than the pot (we mostly use fairly big pots to make lots of room for young roots to grow).
3.Amend the soil in your hole with well-rotted compost or manure. In most locations, a couple of handfuls of lime is also called for, to reduce the soil’s acidity. A handful of rock phosphate (some people use bone meal) will give the roots a good organic-friendly boost. Mix it all up in the hole.
4.Pound in a six foot or taller stake within a few inches of where your tree’s trunk will be. With fully dwarf trees (on M9 or B9 rootstock), the stake should be permanent; with larger trees (such as those on M26 or Antonovka rootstock), you may remove the stake in a few years, if you wish.
5.Now you’re ready for the tree. Gently turn the pot over and nudge the tree out. Be careful not to put any pressure on the graft (the bulging spot where the rootstock and the stem of the apple variety meet).
6. Place the tree and soil from the pot into the hole, keeping the stem just slightly higher above ground as it was in the pot (it will settle slightly). Make sure the graft is entirely above ground.
7.Firmly press down the soil around the tree to make sure there are no air pockets. This is important, as the tree will otherwise settle deeper into the ground than it should.
8.Water your newly planted tree generously. It may still settle a bit after you do this, but – as long as you didn’t plant the tree too deeply and you made sure to press out any air pockets – it should be fine. You'll want to water it again soon if this is growing season and it's a dry time of year.
You're done! Congratulations on getting your new apple tree off to a good start.