There's nothing quite like apple trees for sheer beauty and taste. Soon after admiring the magnificent flowers, you can look forward to the amazing variety of fruit they produce.
There is no doubt at all that home grown apples are both fresher and tastier than those typically found in your local store.
Depending on your requirements trees are available in dwarf varieties, these grow to approximately 5 to 8 feet tall, semi-dwarf varieties which are usually 12 to 16 feet tall, and standard varieties that are between 20 and 30 feet tall.
The difference in size allows you to plant in smaller and hard to get to places, making for easier harvesting. Choosing the appropriate one for your area will also ensure that it will survive.
Because of the diversity of these trees they are harvested at different times of the year. They are different in size, texture and color, and provide different mouthwatering tastes.
When it comes time to choose your tree, you should take into account the taste.
Do you have a preference for a sweet or tart apple?
Many people find that a good sweet apple is the Honeycrisp, whilst an old time favorite tart apple favored is the Granny Smith. Of course there are so many that if you have the room you can plant several different varieties.
Apples are round with 60-90% scarlet red over yellow, with a well balanced sweet/tart flavor. As you eat your own home grown apples, enjoy a texture that will remind you of a crisp watermelon or Asian pear.
Honey Crisp Apples are said to be "explosively crisp, a fun apple to eat and very juicy." Honeycrisp keep well and are a consistent producer of very large sized fruit.
This apple variety is not the best in really hot areas like the Southwest, but planted widely in Michigan, Wisconsin, New York and Washington. Live anywhere but the Southwest? Ripens about the third week in September.
The majority of apple trees need a pollinator,because a number have sterile pollen and as a consequence have to be pollinated by a second tree.
Cropping will also prove to be more satisfactory if varieties which flower at the same time period are chosen for cross pollination.
Granny Smith Apple
The granny smith apple is tart and delicious. Nearly all apples, once they have matured, will either turn red or yellow, and in some cases a mixture of the two. It can be challenging to determine one that is mature from a younger one, in that both are green
When deciding on a pollinator ensure the both trees flower together so that bees and insects can spread pollen from tree to tree.
An outstanding pollinator for the majority of apple trees is the crabapple which produces gorgeous flowers and plentiful pollen for neighboring trees.