Planting and Caring for Apple Trees
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a proverb that you must have heard a zillion times. It would not be wrong to say that we all have grown up listening to this because most parents use this very proverb to tell their children about the importance of eating apples.
Thanks to our parents and elders, we all know how important it is to include apples in our regular diet. But, what to do on days when you have no apples at home and you feel too lazy to go to the store?
How about growing your own apple tree so that you can have fresh apples whenever you want?
Sounds great, right?
According to experts, apples are among the easiest fruits to grow. Also, one does not need to have a huge space to grow an apple tree. This is why planting an apple tree is the foremost choice for both beginners and expert gardeners.
Planting an Apple Tree
An apple tree requires following things to grow:
- Plenty of sunlight
- Protection from frost
- Well drained and moderately rich soil. The ideal soil pH range for apple trees is 6 to 7.
Experts suggest buying a cultivar from a nursery rather than sowing apple seeds. While you prepare the ground, soak the plant’s roots in water for about 1 to2 hours. This is to ensure that roots do not dry out.
The planting hole should be wide and deep enough for the roots to grow easily; a hole that is about twice in diameter and about 2 to 3 feet deep is usually fine.
Position the tree in the hole and fill the surrounding area with soil; making sure that roots are covered completely and no air pockets are left.
Water the plant generously.
Important: Apple trees do not need fertilizers at the time of planting. Remember this as fertilizers may burn the roots of the plant.
Caring for your Apple Tree
Pruning is critical to the growth of an apple tree. This not only prevents overcrowding of limbs and removes dead branches, but also provides enough room for the growth of fruits. However, do not be too quick to prune. When the plant is young, limit pruning only to the dead or broken branches.
Also, look out for any disease and pests, as apples are prone to those.
DIY Insect Repellent
You can make a simple solution at home that will help to keep insects away from your apple tree. For that you will need:
- Sugar: 1 cup
- Vinegar: 1 cup
- Water: 1 Quart
Combine all the ingredients in a jug or a wide-mouthed bottle and hang it, uncovered, on the tree.
Different varieties of apple trees take different time periods to mature; it can take anywhere between 2 to 10 years.
For any help during the plantation and caring process, contact Santa Fe tree farm.