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.

English: Fruits of apple cultivars - Golden De...

English: Fruits of apple cultivars – Golden Delicious Polski: Owoce odmiany Golden Delicious (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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-drained soil in a sunny position. They also need regular watering and feeding and will benefit from winter pruning.

14. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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