Guide to Plant and Care Dwarf Apple Tree
Dwarf apple tree has many benefits: produce fruits faster than standard apple tree, less maintenance and need less space. Perfect tree as indoor gardening. If your indoor space is warm by sunshine, so you have good condition to grow this delicious fruit plant. Even though their size is smaller, but they have standard size of fruit because they don’t grow from seed, but from grafting. For people who don’t have enough area at garden, choose indoor gardening with this dwarf apple tree is pleasant decision.
Guide to plant
- If you decide planting dwarf apple tree in indoor, prepare container with proper size. Pour soil into container. Use pH test kit to measure soil pH. Ideal pH soil for dwarf apple tree is 6.5. Check soil pH. If your soil has pH under 6.5 then add lime to increase pH level.
- All apple tree need good drainage. Make holes at the bottom of container. Apple tree roots tend to grow spread, so container size must be large enough.
- Fill container with soil until ¾ volume of container. Don’t forget to give gravel layer at the bottom to hold soil. Make holes and enter dwarf apple tree into container. Press soil with hand or wood rod to throw away empty space within soil. Pour water and add again top surface with soil and peat moss.
- Put dwarf apple tree near window. Minimum they must get sunshine 6 hours a day. After that, you may remove to shady place.
- Keep humidity level by watering regularly. Simple way to know when your apple tree need water is when you enter your finger into soil and you feel that soil is dry.
- Fertilize at early spring season and late spring season. Good fertilizer contain phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen,.
Guide to Care
- In the early growth, small dwarf apple tree need stake or wood rod to hold them to stand. If needed, tight them with rope. Keep this stake until they are strong.
- Check their health. If you see there are spots at their leaves, it indicates they are attacked by pest insect. Spread with pesticide to kill this pest.
- In the early spring and late winter, prune all dead branches.
Tips: Because there are many dwarf apple tree varieties, if you don’t sure which variety is suit to you, better to consult to local expert gardener.