With new introductions of miniature and columnar trees, it's easy to grow apples, even in the smallest of gardens. These can even be grown in pots!
Where to plant your apple tree:
A nice cosy position, away from that biting cold easterly or north-easterly wind. A sunny position would be great, but preferably not early morning sun, as this may scorch spring flowers after a frost. The easiest way to choose a position for your fruit trees is on a windy day. Walk around your garden and where you feel coziest will be the best place to plant your potential food supply for the next 20 years or so!
Growing in a Container or Pot:
Of course, choosing the correct pot is a key factor in the success of your apples. From my experience, square pots are best as they are very sturdy on the ground and tend to resist toppling over better than round base pots in high winds.
The Birds and the Bees – Pollination of Your Apple Trees
There is often confusion about planting apple trees. How many do I plant? How do I get them to pollinate? How do I get some apples on those trees? A lot of questions, but in reality, it's not all that complex. Basically you buy apple trees that will flower at the same time, thus attracting bees and, hey presto! Your pollination is done for you! Now, of course, to make the bees come in the first place is another job – they simply won't come unless you have an inviting abundance of flowers for them to choose from.
Underplant your apple trees with things like heathers and primroses, which should flower at the same time as your apple trees blossom. A sunny position will be help as well, so choose a nice, cosy, warm spot away from cold easterly and north-easterly winds. A position that does't get early morning sun will help as well, because your apple blossoms will get scorched after a nights front if exposed to early morning sun.
Family Apple Trees: Where space is limited, a family apple tree is ideal!
The fact that two varieties are on the one tree will solve pollination and will save on space (as well as looking really cool!) Imagine having the choice of red or green apple on the same tree.
There is also a dwarf tree that is self-pollinating, which means you only need one tree in your garden different from the family trees, on which you will have a choice of apples!