Anna apples have iron, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin A and vitamin B. They are an excellent source of fibre too.
Position – The Anna apple tree should be planted in full sun, with between 6 and 8 hours of sunshine a day. Each tree should be planted between 4.5 to 6 metres away from the next to give them room to grow and mature.
Size – The Anna apple can grow to between 6 and 7 metres high and has a width or spread of the same, making it a sizeable tree.
Soil Type – This type of apple tree does well in well-drained soil that is slightly acidic; with a pH of between 6.0 and 6.8. Although it can grow in different types of soil, it thrives in sandy loam soil that is well nourished.
Mulch – Be liberal with your organic mulch around the Anna apple tree. First, remove any grass and then apply a layer of about 7 to 8 centimetres of mulch (such as pine needles, bark, wood chips or straw).
Watering – Apples need a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Be aware of dry spells and slightly increase the amount of water that you give your tree when it starts to fruit.
Fertilising – Fertilise your Anna apple tree once a year with a product that is rich in calcium and potassium. Only add other nutrients if there are visible signs of a deficiency. Apply the fertiliser about 30 centimetres away from the trunk and extend it all the way along the ground to the drip line (where the leaves end).
Pruning – The best time to prune your tree is during the spring or the early part of summer. Cut off any branches that are hanging down, dead or diseased. You should also remove all of the unwanted shoots that come out of the trunk of the tree right up until the canopy. This helps the nutrients to get to the boughs with the fruit more efficiently.
Harvesting – The harvest of the Anna apple tree is generous and usually starts at the very beginning of summer. They are ripe when their yellow-green skin has a beautiful red bush. They keep for 6 to 8 weeks in the fridge.