Planting apple tree is a fun and rewarding experience. Here is a quick guide on how to get started.
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Choose a sunny spot in your yard that has well-drained soil.
Before you plant your tree, you’ll need to choose a sunny spot in your yard that has well-drained soil. The tree will also need to be near a water source so that you can water it regularly. Once you’ve selected the perfect spot, you’re ready to plant!
Decide how big you want your tree to be.
One of the first things you need to do before planting an apple tree is to decide on the size of tree you want. There are dwarf apple trees, which only grow to be about 8-10 feet tall, and standard size apple trees, which can grow up to 30 feet tall. The type of tree you choose will depend on the amount of space you have in your yard, as well as your personal preference.
Once you have decided on the size of tree you want, you will need to purchase a tree that is suited for the climate where you live. Apple trees need a certain amount of chill hours in order produce fruit and different varieties of apples require different amounts of chill hours. You can purchase a variety that is suited for your area, or you can purchase a tree that is described as “self-fertile.” This means that the tree does not need another variety of apple tree nearby in order produce fruit
Now that you have purchased your apple tree, it is time to plant it. The hole that you dig for your tree should be twice as wide as the roots of the tree and just deep enough so that the roots are covered with soil. Once you have planted your tree, be sure to water it well.
Purchase a tree that is the size you want it to be.
When you are ready to plant your apple tree, purchase a tree that is the size you want it to be. The tree should be at least 2 years old, and preferably 3 or 4. It should be no more than 6 feet tall. If you are planting an dwarf variety, it should be no taller than 3 feet.
Once you have your tree, dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Place the tree in the hole so that the roots are spread out evenly. Backfill the hole with soil, being careful not to bury the trunk of the tree too deeply. Water the tree well.
Plant your tree in the hole you dug.
When you are ready to plant, remove the tree from the container or ball of burlap and roots. Place the tree in the hole you dug, making sure that the roots are pointing downward and that the graft union (the point where the rootstock and scion were joined) is 2 to 4 inches above ground level.
Fill in the hole around the roots with soil, using your hands to firm the soil gently as you go. When the hole is filled, build a small mound of dirt around the base of the tree. This will help direct water to the roots when you water your tree.
Water your tree.
Water your tree every week or so, especially during the first year as the roots establish themselves. A good rule of thumb is to give your tree about 10 gallons (37.9 L) of water each week. If you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, you may not need to water your tree as often.