Apple seedlings are an important step to the growth of premium apples on your farm. We offer local apple seedlings.
Here are some of its features
- They do best in hot and warm areas.
- It requires only manure and water to grow it well.
- Harvest season comes every 9 to 13 months.
- They can grow in a climate up to 36⁰C.
- It takes 9 to 14 months to mature.
- One acre requires 310 plants.
- Bears up to 500 to 2000 fruits on each tree every season and it has two seasons in a year starting between July, August, December, and January.
Planting Apple Seedlings
Apple seedlings are small, propagated tree stems grafted onto a hardy rootstock. Seedlings are ready to plant and grow in the home landscape once they have grown in a propagation environment for about one year. The seedlings grow into a producing apple tree six to 10 years after planting. Proper planting and care of apple trees at both the seedling stage and as the tree matures makes growing the trees a rewarding process.
- Amend the planting area by digging a 2-foot-wide hole and mixing the removed soil with even parts of organic compost. Apple trees prefer nutrient-rich and well-draining soil in an area that receives full sunlight. Fill this soil around the tree seedling. There will be excess soil that can be used for other gardening projects.
- Plant the apple tree seedling in a hole that is the same depth as the tree was previously growing and twice as wide. The graft point should be a minimum of 2 inches above the soil. Saturate the soil around the seedling with water to eliminate any air pockets around the root system.
- Irrigate the seedling with 1 gallon of water two or three times a week to keep the soil evenly moist, but not saturated, during the summer growing season when there is no rain. Use a drip irrigation system to keep the water around the tree and prevent run-off.
- Spread a 2-inch layer of organic mulch over the soil of the planting area, leaving a 6-inch gap between the seedling and the start of the mulch. Refresh the mulch each spring as it decomposes and absorbs into the soil. Increase the depth to 3 inches after two years of growth.
- Install a chicken wire fence or rodent guard around the seedling to protect the young tree from damage. Insert the fence or guard a minimum of 4 inches into the soil to stop burrowing rodents.
- Grow apple tree seedlings in a protected environment for at least one year after propagation to give the root graft time to heal and strengthen before planting outdoors.
- Make a drip watering system for the apple tree seedling by drilling a 1/4-inch-diameter hole into the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket. Set the bucket about 12 inches from the seedling and add water to let it slowly drip into the soil.