On average, an apple tree needs about 5-6 years to start producing fruits. But there are ways to shorten up the period without impacting the plant’s health. In this article, I’ll share with you how to make apple trees grow faster. Note: 100% safe and doable.
How To Make Apple Trees Grow Faster
Choose Apple Varieties
There are 30,000 apple varieties in the world. Each grows best in a specific environment.
This means an apple variety, if planted in the right climate, soil type, and watered properly, will thrive fast and yield bountifully.
From that point, it’s critical to determine the hardiness zone and kind of climate in your area.
Check out this site for some popular apple varieties in the United States, along with the required sun exposure and hardiness zone.
The garden type is another important factor to consider before choosing apple varieties.
Not all apple varieties can be planted in containers.
A standard apple tree needs a lot of soil to develop its roots; if you placed the tree in a container, the limited depth and soil quantity just cause the tree stunted growth, low production, and diseases.
Not saying that those apple trees in containers require the gardener to put more effort in watering (because the potting soil is prone to evaporating than earth soil).
You should also stabilize the container against strong winds.
Soil is one of the primary factors making apple trees grow faster.
The good news is this factor is controllable. You can prepare the soil before planting apple trees.
First, determine the planting location, the soil type and soil nutrient of that spot, and which nutrients the chosen apple varieties require to thrive. Make sure that the soil doesn’t contain diseases or fungi before seeding/planting.
Depending on where you live, it could be sandy soil, loamy soil, or clay soil.
One of the key ingredients is good organic mulch. The more organic mulch that you can get into the ground or container, you will increase the plant health and harvest tenfold.
It’s easy to DIY organic mulch, but if you don’t have time, buy from any reliable plant store in your area.
Mix the soil with organic mulch in the ratio of 1:1. Next, add a slow-release fertilizer following the recommended dose. Mix it well. Make sure the soil is a little on the down side and you don’t get dust blowing everywhere.
After preparing the soil, it’s time for planting apple trees.
Proper Feeding And Watering
Like other plants, apple trees want food consistently.
There are many types and kinds of fertilizers on the market for apple trees. Each kind of fertilizer is blended for specific purposes.
Your choice depends on the planted apple varieties, the growth stage, and your goal.
- Do you want to boost the tree to grow taller with bigger brands or increase the yield?
- Do you want to develop the plant’s root system?
For example, if you want your apple trees to develop greener and denser foliage, feed them with nitrogen-rich fertilizer.
It’s recommended to read the manufacturer’s manuals carefully before use and water the plant thoroughly after feeding to keep the fertilizer from burning it.
Apple trees need a lot of water, especially during the early growing stage and summer months.
Give their roots a deep watering, then wait for the water to absorb completely before watering more. This helps prevent root rot effectively.
Pests and diseases caused by pest bites are two common causes of apple trees’ stunted growth.
So, pest control is important.
There are many ways to control harmful pests: naturally or chemically.
First of all, you should determine which pests and harmful insects love apples, which diseases they could cause, and how to stop them.
For example, aphids are common apple pests while ladybugs are natural aphid hunters without harming your trees. So, you can purchase ladybugs or grow other plants that can attract ladybugs to your garden.
Pruning is a term referring to cutting and removing any dead, diseased, or damaged tree branches or limbs.
This helps prevent the disease from spreading to the rest of the tree.
Besides, pruning helps improve sunlight exposure and air circulation within foliage, preventing unwanted diseases that involve wet leaves.
Pruning is also required before the tree goes dormant. Prune one third of the year's new growth to stimulate new growth in the spring.
Dwarf varieties are easier to prune than standard-sized ones.
I’ve just shared with you how to make apple trees grow faster. Hopefully, you find this article helpful. To make an apple tree grow fast and healthy, pay attention to five essential elements: soil, climate, water, pest control, and pruning.
That’s all for this post. Thanks for reading!