We offer a nice selection of different apple tree varieties for you to choose from. Growing your own apples can be rewarding, life changing, and fun! Never buy another apple from the store again. Growing apple trees is an affordable and worthwhile hobby (or job!).
Each type of apple tree varies on location preference (USDA plant hardiness zone), soil, sunlight, and water needs. Be sure to check all of these before buying and planting your new apple tree. Check out the Apple Tree Grow Guide for other useful information on how to grow apples.
Apples taste deliciously sweet and each apple variety has its own unique flavor. These backyard apple trees will produce loads of apples in no time for you to harvest and use. They can be enjoyed fresh off the tree, or stored for later use. Make the perfect apple pie!
These apple trees vary in size of how tall and wide they get. Choose your planting site first and then choose your apple tree. We even offer dwarf apple trees for small planting sites.
Shop our mature apple trees for sale and buy apple trees online. Happy planting!
Be sure to check out our blog on Diseases that Affect Apple Trees if you experience any apple tree pest and disease issues.
Apple Tree Care
How to Grow an Apple Tree
They prefer well draining soil that is consistently moist and fertile with nutrients. This will provide the best growing conditions for the fruit trees to grow and produce fruit. You can grow apple trees in containers if they are smaller or you would like a patio plant. The tree will need to be potted up every few years as it outgrows its home. Note: apple trees prefer to be planted in the ground. Container plants will not perform to their fullest potential.
Where to Plant Apple Trees
Apples can grow across the United States in USDA grow zones 4-9 depending on the variety. Be sure to choose a planting site with at least 6-8 hours of full sun for best flower and fruit production. Plant the apple tree in a location with good air circulation. Fruit trees will suffer in a planting site with poor soil, clay soil, or wet soils which can cause root rot. Don’t choose a low lying area where frost will settle and potentially hurt your tree.
How to Plant an Apple Tree
Planting apple trees is easy! When your new tree arrives, water it thoroughly until water runs through the bottom of the pot. Dig a hole the size twice the size of the root ball. Place the soaked root ball into the planting hole and backfill the soil until the top of the root ball is even with the ground. If you are planting in early spring, it is the best time to fertilize your new apple and give it a good boost of nutrients for the spring and summer growing season. Apply a thick 2 inch layer of mulch or organic matter to the top of the root zone to help retain moisture.
When to Plant Apple Trees
The best time to plant an apple tree is in spring so it has the whole growing season to establish its root system. The second best time is in the fall. If you are in warmer areas like Florida or Texas you can plant apple trees at virtually any time of year as long as the temperatures are above freezing.
How and When to Prune Apple Trees
Apple trees are deciduous trees meaning they lose all their leaves during fall and winter. The tree will then go dormant for the cold weather seasons to conserve energy. The best time to prune apple trees is in late winter or early spring before the tree flushes out for spring. This will give you the best view of the branches before the leaves grow back in. Use pruning shears or clippers to trim your apple tree. Cut back dead or diseased branches to allow room for new growth. Apple trees grow with a central leader that needs to be maintained. You can prune to shape the tree to your desired size. Prune apple trees in spring for good air circulation to help fight against fungal diseases.
When Do Apple Trees Bloom
Apple trees bloom in the early spring or mid spring depending on your location. Most apple tree flowers are pink when first in bloom but eventually fade to white as the flowers mature.
How Far Apart to Plant Apple Trees
Apple tree spacing should be at least 10-15 feet apart so the tree has room to grow. The exception to this rule is for dwarf apple trees which can be planted closer together. Dwarf apple trees should be planted 5-10 feet apart.
When to Fertilize Apple Trees
Apple trees prefer to be fertilized in the early spring so they have the whole growing season to utilize the nutrients. A slow release fertilizer is the best fertilizer for apple trees. This apple tree fertilizer will last for a full year before needing another dose. Our Root Boosting Fertilizer will do the job perfectly!
How Big Do Apple Trees Get?
A general rule of thumb is that apple trees can grow anywhere from 15-25 feet tall with a width of 10-15 feet wide. Dwarf apple varieties typically stay between 10-15 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide. The apple tree size will depend on the variety. How fast do apple trees grow? Apple tree growth rate is up to 1-2 feet per year if properly cared for.
How Long Do Apple Trees Live?
Apple trees can live up to 100 or more years of fruit bearing making them an excellent fruit tree to have in your landscape for generations to enjoy year after year. With the proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy apples for your whole life!
How Long for Apple Tree to Bear Fruit?
Our fast growing apple trees will have you enjoying fresh, homegrown fruit in no time! It can take up to 2-4 years for our flowering apple trees to bear and produce fruit. Your tree will produce baby apples that get bigger and bigger each year.
Apple Tree Pollination
Most apple trees do require a second tree for cross pollination. They cannot pollinate themselves and require a different apple variety to make fruit. These trees must be planted in close proximity to each other for the bees or other pollinators to make their rounds and spread the pollen to the different flowers.
How Much Water Does an Apple Tree Need
Newly planted apple trees need constant watering for the best fruit production. We recommend watering a few times a week for the first few months of planting. After the root systems establish, the trees are slightly drought tolerant but during the active growing season will need more frequent watering. When the trees go dormant for winter, your watering schedule can slow down quite a bit.