Position – Fuji Apple trees should be planted in full sun, with 6 to 8 hours of sunshine, preferably on the south side of the property, for extra winter chilling. If growing your tree in containers, consider moving it outdoors during winter. Use at least a 50L container if not planting directly into the soil.
Size – Due to the rootstock of this tree can grow up to 3 metres high with a width of 1 metre wide. This makes it an ideal tree for any garden.
Soil type – This tree will grow well in well-drained soil with a pH of between 5.8 and 7. The soil needs to be fertile and moisture retentive. Use a good potting soil and compost mix, leaving 10-15cm of roots.
Mulch – Apply a thick layer of mulch of about 7-8 centimetres around the tree’s base. This will help keep the soil moist.
Watering – Ensure not to overwater your tree, especially if grown in a container. Watering once or twice a week will be sufficient. You might water more during the summer when fruit is on the tree, especially during prolonged dry periods.
Fertilizing – Fertilise using a nitrogen fertiliser and good compost.
Pruning – This is usually done during winter when the tree is dormant. Prune the same as a full-size fruit tree, removing damaged or diseased branches and ones that grow to the tree’s centre.
Staking – Dwarf trees use rootstock with a very small root system as they will need support, especially during fruiting. Tying them to a stake to secure the rootstock is deemed necessary.
Pollination – Requires a pollinator such as Granny Smith.