How Do You Plant an Apple Tree?


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Plant an apple tree by choosing a type of apple tree, placing it in a good location, preparing the soil, digging a large hole for the root ball, planting the tree and watering the tree. You need compost, a shovel and water.

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  1. Choose an apple tree to plant

    Choose a type of apple tree that grows well in your location. Choose a disease-resistant tree if possible to limit the amount of chemicals you have to use to control pests. Besides deciding on the fruit variety you want, choose between a dwarf or full-size tree. Dwarf trees are easier to maintain, but full-size trees have more fruit-bearing years. Unless you purchase a self-pollinating tree, you need to plant two in order for the tree to bear fruit.

  2. Choose a good location for the tree

    Choose a location to plant the tree that has full sun and loamy, well-drained soil.

  3. Prepare the soil

    Before planting, prepare the soil by adding organic matter such as compost. If needed, amend the soil to make sure it drains well.

  4. Dig a hole

    Dig a hole for the tree that is deep enough to comfortably fit the base of the tree and is twice as wide as the root ball.

  5. Plant the tree

    Place the tree in the hole, and spread out the roots.

  6. Fill in the hole

    Fill in the hole with the soil, pressing it down firmly.

  7. Water the plant

    Water the tree thoroughly after planting it.

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