Hi I saw your ad on fcb regarding apple trees. This question might be silly but can they be grown in containers? I live on an estate with a small shallow garden. I'm thinking of making some large wooden containers. Kind regards Izzy
Dwarf varieties will be best suited for this application. There are some advanced root pruning methods for keeping standard trees small, but it will require quite a bit of knowledge at keeping Bonzai trees. If you were to pick a dwarf variety, then this can be relatively simple to keep in container, as they are well suited for this
So I'd like to start growing my own food. Over time I'd like to expand that to help others, but right now I don't know how to start at all. I don't know the first thing. I want to grow an apple tree in a pot, but have trouble finding any information on that that I can use. Nothing like a step by step walkthrough of exactly what I need and how exactly to do it. I'm completely new to this and don't know the first thing about gardening or growing. Any help you can give would be much appreciated.
We have gardening articles on our website about growing apple trees in containers as well as growing your own food, but I think you need more detailed information such as you would get from your local Cooperative Extension group. Here is info in contacting them in your location:
This tree is in its fourth year. Last year it produced a dozen apples. This year it looks dreadful. There were no flowers and what bit of leaf that came out was stunted Can anyone tell me what is wrong please. Photos attached.
Have you checked the foliage for pests? Here is a possibility:
we have a green house. floor is concrete we don't want to have heating and cooling system
It depends upon whether you're growing the tree from a seed, a seedling, a cutting, or bare root stock. It also depends upon the variety of apple tree. Just remember that when you transplant a growing seedling, graduate only up a size or two at a time with your pot. If you're worried about the tree surviving the winter, you can wrap it - you're lucky to have a greenhouse! Here are a couple articles that should be helpful:
Hello, I started apple trees out by putting seeds inside the fridge for 3 months, then planted them once they sprouted. They are now 3 months out of the fridge and seem to be doing well. But I'm concerned and have questions, with no one to turn to. The pots are 10" tall and already the height of the tree is about as tall as the depth of the container. I realize they should be in bigger pots. So first question- --What size pot should I transplant them to? --Also, they have been indoors this whole time. I worry about small rodents (squirrels and chipmunks roam around) and bugs. Any suggestions on keeping my treasured trees safe? --do the trees NEED to be outside during the winter? I really have been tending to them as if they were my own children, and I would hate to see them die. Any help would be greatly appreciated! If there is an easier way to communicate, I'd appreciate that also. Thanks in advance for any and all help!
This article on apple trees in containers should help. Since your plants are not in the ground and still young, you can keep them inside over the winter if you want to. Then put them out in spring in their larger containers.