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Apples: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Apple trees can be grown in even the smallest of backyards by keeping pruned down. Growing your own apples can be such a tasty reward and you will not regret it! There are many varieties of apples and they have different temperaments for your climate. The best zones to grow apple trees in are USDA Zones 4-8.

How to Grow:

Apple trees are best planted after your last spring frost or 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Dig a hole about double the size of the pot that your apple tree has come in. Give at least 10 feet between each tree. Be sure to plant where it will get full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water your tree regularly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!


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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for apples: