We are well into the bare root tree planting season so now is the time to make your decisions about what you want to plant.We are well into the bare root tree planting season so now is the time to make your decisions about what you want to plant. Why not plant an apple tree or two. If there are no apple trees in neighbouring gardens you will need two different varieties apples to get fruit as they need to pollinate each other. Your local garden centre or nursery will supply varieties that will pollinate each other. Depending on where you live there may well be varieties that are especially suited to your climate and soil conditions.
The next thing to think about is what space you have for a tree. If your space is limited look for apples grafted on M9 root stock as this will give you a smaller tree. Alternatively you can grow your tree on a wall as an espalier or cordon, you may be able to buy a tree where the training has already been started for you. The next size up is on a M26 root stock and after that MM106. This latter one is possibly the most usually found and it will give a semi dwarf tree growing to about 10 or 12 ft (3m to 3.6m).
Don’t for get to stake your tree, and keep it well watered for its first two growing seasons. Enjoy your fruit.