An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so they say! But we think it’s because growing apples (and a garden, for that matter) helps keep you happy and healthy. Apples can grow into large trees, but you can also find miniature forms, which are perfect for growing in smaller spaces. You will need at least two different apple varieties to help with pollination and fruit set. Get that right and she’ll be apples!


How to grow Apples in your garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  4. Mulch around the base with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed with Yates Thrive Citrus & Fruit Granular Plant Food in early spring and late summer. When in flower, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate to help promote more flowering and fruiting.

     
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How to grow Apples in a pot

Apples can be grown in pots, but look for the dwarf/miniature varieties such 'Blush Babe' or 'Little Rascal'. 

  1. Choose a pot at least 600mm wide. Position in full sun and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  2. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  5. During the growing and flowering/fruiting season, apply Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food. Also try Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate throughout the year.
     
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Growing tips

  • Best planted in winter, however, they can also be planted in other seasons.
  • For maximum fruiting, apples must have another variety that flowers at the same time and is within bee-travelling distance. This could deter many space-challenged gardeners, but the problem can be solved by selecting a double or triple-grafted tree (two or three varieties on the one set of roots) or by planting two small growers very close to each other.
  • Apples need cool-to-cold winters for fruit development – chilling hours (number of hours a fruit tree needs to be exposed to effective winter temperatures for flower buds to break dormancy) vary between varieties, so check your climate and area before purchasing. 
  • Picking up fallen fruit is critical to help prevent pests and diseases. Prune trees to encourage an open-centred vase shape – this allows for better air and light circulation. 

  • Fruit develops on branches that are two-year-old or older, so take when pruning, otherwise you may affect your next harvest. Early flowering and fruiting varieties include, ‘Gala’, ‘Early McIntosh’ and ‘Red Garvenstein’.

  • Late flowering and fruiting varieties include, ‘Delicious’, ‘Pink Lady’, ‘Jonathon’ and ‘Granny Smith’. 

  • Pre-spring application of copper-based products, such as Yates Copper Oxychloride Fungicide Wettable Powder or Yates Liquid Copper Fungicide Concentrate will help control some common diseases.


More Plants

Oranges

Oranges are delicious when eaten fresh, juiced or cooked. Trees can grow up to 6 metres so for small gardens or pots, choose a dwarf variety.

Apples

Apples can grow into large trees, but you can also find dwarf forms. Be sure to find a self-fertile variety or two which can cross-pollinate.

Strawberry

Strawberries happily grow in raised garden beds, in the garden, in pots or even hanging baskets. Eat them fresh, cooked or make into jams.

Passionfruit

Passionfruits grows on vigorous vines and need at least a 2.5m high support, so they’re ideal for growing up and across a pergola or along a sunny fence.


Recommended products

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.