[Video] How to Grow Apple Trees In Containers

Watch this to learn how easy it is to grow apple trees in containers on your patio or balcony…

Imagine plucking fresh, juicy apples from your own mini orchard right on your balcony or patio. Sounds too good to be true? Think again! This video from MiGardener debunks the myth that you need extensive land to grow fruit such as apples.

18 Pounds of Apples in 1 Square Foot?

By strategically managing space, time, and resources, he explains that you can grow up to eighteen pounds of nutritious apples in containers that take up just one square foot of space. This groundbreaking method is perfect for urban dwellers or anyone with limited gardening space.

Key Techniques for Growing Apple Trees in Containers

1. Choosing the Right Apple Variety:

Selecting the right type of apple is crucial. The video stresses the importance of choosing apple species that thrive in confined conditions. Dwarf apple trees – and particularly columnar apple trees – are usually the best option because they are small and compact yet produce full-sized fruits, making them ideal for container gardening and small gardens.

2. Pruning for Success:

Pruning is essential for most fruit trees to maximize fruit production, but with a columnar tree, you should not need to prune very much at all. The presenter demonstrates where you may want to prune to remove damaged branches and leaves. If you’re growing a regular dwarf apple tree, you will also want to remove unnecessary or excess branches. This allows sunlight to penetrate evenly, boosting photosynthesis and ensuring the tree directs its energy toward fruit production.

3. Nutrient Management:

Regular feeding and watering are vital. The video explains how to provide your apple tree with the best soil and necessary nutrients at the right times to ensure healthy growth and bountiful yields.

4. Mulching & Watering

Even if you’re growing apple trees in containers, mulching is essential to keep weeds down and especially to help keep the soil from drying out in hot weather. Watering is extra important for fruiting trees like these, as they may die or stop fruiting if they get too dry. In the video, he demonstrates the importance of mulching your containers well, and also shares some tips for planting additional edible crops around your apple trees to maximize your available container space.

5. Pollination Tips:

Since most apple varieties require cross-pollination, it’s a good idea to have two different apple tree varieties near to each other. This enhances pollination and increases the chances of a good harvest. Fortunately, small apple trees like these take up so little space that you should be able to grow several at a time.

Ready to transform your small space into a mini apple orchard? Watch the entire video to dive deep into the step-by-step process of growing eighteen pounds of apples in just one square foot. Learn about the best apple varieties, pruning techniques, nutrient management, and more. Discover the joy of harvesting your own apples, regardless of how much gardening space you have!

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Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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