Apple trees -Maintenance?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Old Jack, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. Old Jack

    Old Jack Truth Seeker

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    I have 6 or 7 smallish apple trees on my property.
    They were here when I bought the place. They were loaded with blooms last April, but, then we had a late frost that whacked 'em. They are about 8 or 9 feet tall , I don't know what kind of apples they are.
    Question:
    Is there anything I should do now? fertilize? lime?

    I'd really like to get some apples next year

    Thanks

    J
     
  2. Faith Farm

    Faith Farm Well-Known Member

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    Hi Old Jack,
    Contact your local Agricultural Cooperative Extension agent.
    They are extremely helpful people who will know your growing area.
    Also, attend whatever classes they offer.
    Paul
     

  3. diane

    diane Well-Known Member

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    Apple trees need pruning to keep their shape and encourage production. I would suggest getting a book about pruning. We are in a northern zone, so I have no idea what your spraying cycle should be. We are organic and use organic sprays, but we still spray. Dormant oils in the winter and other things in the summer to cut down on insect damage.

    I second the idea of seeing your ag agent as someone who can make suggestions for your area. Also you could try a search at gardenweb.com for other fruit growers in your area. They are very helpful there.
     
  4. Old Jack

    Old Jack Truth Seeker

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    Thanks Paul,
    She's coming out on mon.

    J