Cultivating apple trees in your home garden can be quite a satisfying experience, but it will be a few years before they produce fruit. It is exceptionally rewarding to take that initial crunchy bite out of the first apple of the season, and to know that you grew it yourself rather than purchasing it from the grocery store. With the right knowledge and a little bit of work, you can have an apple tree growing right in your own back yard. This guide will help you figure out what you need to do to get your apple tree growing and how long it will take before it starts producing delicious apples.
There are numerous varieties of apples that you can choose to grow, so deciding which type you want is the first step. Once you have decided on a variety, a few things to have in mind are: proper site selection, proper planting, pest control, training, and pruning.
Choose an area for planting that has well draining soil, and that is slightly elevated so that cold air will not accumulate around the tree. Also be sure the tree will get full sunlight. While you can attempt to plant an apple tree from seed, it is not advisable as it is a gamble in terms of what type of apple you will produce and whether it will taste good. It is best to purchase a young tree from a plant nursery. Once planted in the ground, proper pruning is essential in order to establish a scaffolding system that will allow the tree to support the fruit it bears.
As a general rule, apple trees will begin producing fruit when they are somewhere between four and six years of age, and as they reach full maturity they will generally begin to produce more and more fruit.