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How Long for Apple trees to produce?

Old 04-11-2010, 01:38 PM
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Default How Long for Apple trees to produce?

I planted some apple trees 2 years ago and then planted some more last year. They were all about 3-4 ft tall when I planted them. How long before I can expect to get apples on them and should I be fertilizing them at all? I prune them every spring and out of the 12 I planted 10 survived.
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:16 AM
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usually 3-4 yrs from planting, depending on variety and rootstock.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:40 PM
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It will depend on whether they're dwarf, semi or standard as well as variety.

If no fertilize was used at planting then fertilizing at or just before green up is beneficial. I prefer to use composted poultry manure because of the additional nutrients such as boron, calcium, sulfur, mg and other trace minerals, that apple trees need. 10-10-10 will work when the trees are young, but as they reach 5,6 years you should scale back the nitrogen.

Also, apples do best with a PH of 6.3 to 6.7. Spraying for insects and diseases is very important too.
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