Apples are one of my family’s favourite fruits. My daughters particularly enjoy picking apples from the trees in the community orchard in the Autumn time (as you can see in the photo). But they have been wondering whether they could grow their own apples at home and, if so, what would they need?
Apples grow on trees and the Royal Horticultural Society reckons they are the easiest tree fruits to grow by yourself. Apple trees can grow quite happily without a lot of care and attention for most of the year – you just have to remember to water them during hot, dry weather and when the apple fruits are starting to get fat and juicy.
So how do you get started? Well, you could take some pips from an apple you have eaten and put them into some soil in a pot or container. With some warmth, sunlight and a bit of water, the seeds will germinate (start to grow roots and shoots). But growing a tree from a seed takes years and years, so most people go to a garden centre or plant shop to buy a young apple tree plant that is a couple of years old already.
The best place for your apple tree is outside, either planted in a container or in the ground. Choose a sunny spot that is sheltered from wind and won’t get frosty in the Winter. Apple trees like deep soil that doesn’t get soggy and boggy when it rains. You should give it some fertiliser (plant food) in the Springtime and prune the apple tree once a year. Apart from that, you can just sit back and wait for it to grow some apples!