HOW TO PLANT AN APPLE TREE

Blake Farms is planting 4,000 new apple trees this year, watch and learn as we show you the basics of planting an apple tree and show you behind the scenes of what it takes to plant a whole apple orchard.

Below are a few of the key points outlined in the video.

  • The apple trees being planted are only 2 years old.
  • The apple trees are planted with a 1 inch gap between the root stock and the base of the soil.
  • Stakes and flags are placed throughout the field as a guideline for planting in a straight line.
  • The ground must be tilled before the apple trees are planted.
  • Semi-Dwarf rootstock apple trees are planted 6 feet apart.
  • Full rootstock apple trees are planted 12-15 feet apart.
  • Each row of apple trees is a different variety to create cross pollination.
  • One side of the orchard is early harvest and the opposite side is late harvest for a more efficient  apple picking.
  • Apple trees don’t start producing apples until about 5 years old and can live to be 80 years old.
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