Plant of the week: Malus domestica

That’s the common apple tree to you and me. Seeing as this is the time of the year to wassail for a good apple harvest I thought this week we would celebrate the tree that gives us a plethora of delicious orbs that range from a yellowy-green to a deep red.

selective focus photography of white flowering tree
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If it’s nature’s candy you want, now is a good time to think about planting a dormant apple tree. It will take a couple of years to produce the goods but once they do you’ll have a bounty every autumn.

The funky thing about apple trees is they are pretty malleable, relatively speaking, and you can train them to grow in all sorts of directions. For gardens lacking in space you can  create espaliers which means you can train it along a wall or trellis, or even a step-over which is like a long trunk along the ground.

When it comes to harvesting, the best thing about apples is they keep for a very long time. As long as you have the right conditions, apples can last about six months after harvesting. That means from the late spring when the apple blossom arrives to the early spring the following year your apple tree can give you a year-long feast for the senses.

red apples
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