Believe it or not, I’ve never planted an apple tree before, even though I grew up on an apple orchard. Perhaps I helped when I was a little girl, since that’s when the majority of trees there were planted, but I don’t remember. All I remember was everyone worrying that Hurricane Gloria was going to kill all of our new trees (it didn’t). So today was a new adventure for us, when we planted six apple trees in a little area I’m calling our orchard. I measured and staked where I wanted to plant them this morning, then Ed and I planted this afternoon.
First, we soaked the bare-root trees in a pail of water for about an hour. This helps to “wake them up” from their dormancy.
While they soaked, Ed and I dug the holes, spacing them 15 feet apart.
We planted the trees, making sure to keep the graft union two inches above the ground. If the graft union is under ground, it will grow roots and you’ll end up with a standard tree instead of a dwarf.
So here are our six little apple trees. I can’t wait to see leaves on those little branches. We planted Macoun, Empire, Jonathan, Snow Apple, Pippin and Northern Spy.
Have you begun any new gardening adventures?