Growing Apples at Home
Story Title: Growing Apples at Home
Date: 3rd April 2010
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
An apple a day is good for you but would you like one and lack the right space for a tree? Maybe you don't know it, but Espalier is a great way around it.
Searle's 5 in 1
- Contains a potent mix of cow, fowl and sheep manures, blood & bone, fish & kelp, natural potash, worm castings, mushroom compost and minerals.
- 100% organic – registered BFA organic.
- Ideal for fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, flowers and shrubs.
- Long lasting – will fertilise for the season.
- Outstanding results, guaranteed to grow plants.
- Easy to use. Dig in with existing soil or spread thinly over the surface.
Dwarf Fruiting Apple Tree - Pinkabelle
- Best tree for small gardens and no gardens. It fruits in the first year growth, meaning you don't prune it, and being a sport of the pink lady it has large deliciously juicy fruit.
Tip: Pinkabelle shows signs of self fertility in suburban gardens although planting with another variety like Granny Smith, Fuji or Gala guarantees huge crops.
- If you have a fence or wall that you'd like to screen, apples make the most magnificent tree to espalier against a wall or set up as a screen. Simply tie the branches down to wires and regularly trim the tree to shape. This system makes using an apple with its soft green foliage a feature in its own right. Trees can live for hundreds of years using this technique.
- If you're buying an apple tree, make sure you visit a garden centre that ideally specialises in fruit or at least has a large fruit section. The specialist should be able to tell you what pollinator is right for your variety and when it will deliver fruit.
- The critical thing with apples is making sure you have a consistent soil moisture level and give them a feed twice a year. Remember the apple is a super food – full of sensational nutrients fibre, pectin and antioxidants. That's why an apple a day keeps the doctor away!