Since home lot sizes are getting smaller and fewer and fewer of us live on acreage, here is one way to have your apples and grow them too!
Columnar apple trees! You may or may not have seen them but they are trees that are unique in how they grow.......on a single long stem!
This is a "Northpole" columnar apple that we planted, in our backyard, six years ago.
Now, it is close to 10 foot tall because we have never pruned it back. I may do that next year, to make it easier to reach the fruit at the top.
And speaking of fruit......this has been a banner year!
The tree was loaded with fruit, if I would have thinned it out some, we would have still had lots of apples and they would have been larger.
The fruit is sweet and juicy and the tree requires minimal space and care. The tree can be container grown and will produce fruit the first year.
We bought our tree from One Green World Nursery in Molalla, Oregon. They sell three varieties: Northpole,which is described as having McIntosh-like apples; Golden Sentinel which produces golden-yellow fruit and Scarlet Sentinel with large, greenish-yellow fruit.
I hate using sprays but I think we may have to, or try some organic methods.....here is a photo showing part of this years crop amongst the leaves.Even if you live in a condo, you could grow one of these in a pot......it just needs a fair amount of sun and you would have fresh picked apples every fall! How fun is that!
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