Learn how to care for apple trees along with its history and classification details.
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Soil Type: Neutral
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Annual or Perennial: Perennial
Type: Fruit Tree
History: Apples are not native to North America. They originated in Kazakhstan, in central Asia east of the Caspian Sea. The capital of Kazakhstan, Alma Ata, means “full of apples.” By 1500 BC apple seeds had been carried throughout Europe. The Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans cultivated apples.
Ancient mythology considers the apple tree as on of the most sacred of trees. The tree itself symbolizes good health and future happiness. More modern considerations of the tree associate it with Aphrodite (the goddess of love), and consider the tree as the tree of love.
How to Care for Apple Trees
How do I plant an apple tree?
Dig a hole approximately twice the diameter of the root system and 2 feet deep. Place some of the loose soil back into the hole and loosen the soil on the walls of the planting hole so the roots can easily penetrate the soil.
When is the best time to plant?
The best time to plant apple trees is in spring.
How do I propagate apple trees?
Some of the most popular methods of propagation are grafting and budding.
Can I grow an apple tree in a pot?
Yes, you can grow an apple tree in a pot, take care, it will outgrow the pot at some point.
How much should I water apple trees?
Apple trees like to be water regularly, or about an inch of water every 7 days , more for newly planted trees. You can also do the dry soil test, when the top 8 inches of soil are dry, it’s time to add some water.
Do I need to fertilize apple trees?
You can fertilize apple trees infrequently.
When do apple trees bloom?
The fruit on the apple tree will bloom in summer and fall.
How do I know when apples are ripe?
Ripe apples come off a tree quite easily – they don’t need to be tugged or pulled.
When do I harvest apples?
Summer apples are ready to be harvested starting in early August, while autumn apples are ready later in the year, starting in early September.
What is the best way to store apples?
The best way to store apples is in a cool place.
Is an apple a fruit or a vegetable?
The apple is a fruit.
Should I plant any companion plants?
Apples grow well with Comfrey, Nasturtium, and Chamomile.
What are the health benefits of the apples?
Apples can help with treatments against diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Fresh Apple Mousse
This fresh apple mousse is light, crisp, and refreshing. The chunks of apple add a nice texture, and the lack of spices lets the apple flavor really shine.
I meant to do my work today; But a brown bird sang in the apple tree; And a butterfly flitted across the field; And all the leaves were calling me.
~ Richard Le Gallienne