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Caring for Your Apple Tree

Planting an apple tree sounds exciting, but requires your time and attention to yield fruit.

Apple planting does not need acres and acres of land. You can plant a dwarf, but healthy and beautiful apple tree even in small spaces.

Planting and Taking Care of Your Apple Tree

You should have a profound knowledge of what you should and should not do when planting an apple tree.

Apart from checking if you have the right kind of climate, soil, and site, you need to be sure of planting properly i.e. in a systematic manner.


  • Not all kinds of apple grow everywhere. Some climates are good to grow red apples while some only get green or yellow ones grown.
  • Each variety of apples needs a specific number of days to ripe.
  • There is a plant hardiness zone map which you should consider checking before planting. The map tells you about which tree/variety can grow at what level of soil hardiness. For example, if your tree is tagged “long-season”, it can grow best in Zones 5 to 8 and so on.
  • Each variety of apples needs different temperatures and intervals to chill, normally known as chill hours.  You should read tree tag or contact the seller for information.

To know about which type of climate would work for which kind of apple, contact professional tree services such as Santa Fe Tree Company.

Soil and Location

  • It is important to test the soil before you plant your tree.


  • Soil needs to be fairly rich, not too wet, and be able to retain moisture when you are thinking of growing apples.

Choose sunny spots so that your newborn baby gets enough sunlight to nurture and give you fruits for all the patience and hard work you put into growing it.

  • An apple tree exposed to sunlight for six hours yields the best fruits.


  • Full sized trees should be planted at a gap of 15-18 feet between them, whereas dwarf plants can be rooted with gaps of 4-8 feet.
  • Apple trees should not be planted in bushy areas and/or areas that are close to other trees.

Tree Training and Care

  • Tie the branches of your apple tree so that the tree grows to be healthy and in good shape. This is called tree training.
  • You should focus on the trunk because it’s the hub of your tree. It is usual for apple tree trunks to grow branches which you should keep a check on and train as needed.

If you’re confused how to manage these outbreaks, contact professional tree service companies.


  • Apple trees can get diseases like mildew (powdery films on leaves) and apple scab results in scabs on the surface of fruits and dark spots on leaves.
    With adequate sunlight and proper trimming, these diseases can be prevented and cured.

Apples are not just a tasty fruit to enjoy, but they are also amazing for your health. Contact Santa Fe Tree Company now to help you plant your favorite fruit!