Is an apple tree worth the trouble?

Apple Tree Fruit Food Branch With Apples ANot only are they bountiful suppliers of fresh, delicious produce, they are aesthetically pleasing trees which add charm to any landscaping. However, it’s important to do your research and learn exactly what it takes to raise and care for one. Fruit trees are delicate and more susceptible to pest and disease infestations. For these reasons, they require a separate set of tree care regimens to promote the best yields potential. Continue reading to learn which aspects of apple tree planting you want to think about.
Time of Year
The timing and climate for planting an apple tree has to be right if you want your tree to produce excellent yields. The proper time to plant an apple tree is based on the area you live, but also the species of the apple tree. In most areas, spring is the best time to plant anything. It is also the rainy season, which is what helps stimulate spring growth. In areas where temperatures remain mild yearlong, fall can also be a successful time to plant one. Ask your town’s extension office to determine that apple varieties are best for your area.
Pollination
When you need to plant your tree, then you must consider pollination cycles. They require cross pollination, which requires planting two unique species of apple tree that bloom at the same time. There are other equally effective methods of cross pollination as well. For instance, you can be capable of cross-pollination when you’ve got a close neighbor with a crab apple tree or other apple tree that also blooms at the same time. In actuality, you can just borrow a branch, stick it into a bucket of water, and put it under your tree through its blooming season.
Location and Soil
Not only does the location matter, the soil properties do as well. An apple tree requires a generous amount of sunlight, at least 6 hours each day, in addition to, soil that’s well-drained and has the proper pH levels. Soil that is too acidic or to base, can be improper conditions for many tree species. You can buy a soil testing kit to test your soil’s pH level, but you also have to consider compaction and drainage. This is why it is important to use an organic mulch at the base of your tree.
Ongoing maintenance is vital. Without routine tree care, especially in the immediate years following planting, an apple tree can go into decline. They’re also highly susceptible to pests and nuisance wildlife disturbances because apples are sweet, juicy, and delicious. In its first years, it is going to require insecticide application every two weeks during its blooming stage. This will deter fungus and insects. On top of pest and disease management, you’ll also have to correctly prune branches and thin out canopies at the ideal times annually. Talk to a local tree care provider for these services.