Position – Apple trees should be planted in full sun, with 6 to 8 hours of sunshine, preferably on the south side of property for extra winter chilling. If you are 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 root stock being used the tree can grow up to 3 metres high with a width of 1 metre wide. This make 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 need to be fertile and moisture retentive. Use a good potting soil and compost mix, leaving 10-15cm of roots.
Mulch – Apply a good layer of mulch of about 7-8 centimetres around the base of the tree. This will help keep the soil moist.
Watering – Make sure not to over water your tree, especially if it is grown in a container. Watering once or twice in a week will be completely sufficient. You might water more during the summer when there are fruit 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 you would do a full size fruit tree, removing damaged or diseased branches and ones that grow to the centre of the tree.
Staking – Dwarf trees use rootstock with a very small root system as they will need support especially during fruiting. Tying them to a stake in order to secure the rootstock is deemed necessary.
Pollination – Requires a pollinator such as the Granny Smith.