Growing Apple : Malus
Apple trees are members of the Rosaceae family. They always remain real trees even when they are grown in a large container, like the small “Ballerina” apple. But even this can grow to a height of 2-3 m (6-10 ft) high.
Because apple trees can spend the winter outdoors, it is important to select a frost-resistant container. Black plastic pots are not very suitable because the roots get very hot in the sun. “Ballerina” varieties are grafted on slow-growing stock and only develop a trunk and small fruiting shoots but not side-shoots. However, if the tree develops a lateral branch, it can be cut back to two or three buds.
Two very reliable varieties are “Waltz”, whose flavour is reminiscent of that of “Golden Delicious”, and “Bolero” which tastes rather “James Grieve”. Apples need fertile, well-drainedin a sunny position. They also need regular watering and feeding and will benefit from winter .