The Q&A Archives: Apple Trees

Question: We live in the woods in Central Pennsylvania. The soil is sandy. We would like to plant some apple trees. When can they be planted; will they grow in these conditions; how much sun do they need?

Answer: Unfortunately, apple trees really need full sun to do well, so you may have a problem with finding a spot with adequate sunlight. You might wish to contact your County Extension (355-4897) for suggestions as to the best apples and best rootstocks to use in your area. They should also be able to help you test and evaluate the soil conditions you have to help decide if apples will do well for you or not. Finally, if container grown, trees can be planted any time the ground is not frozen although fall and spring are the best times to plant. If bare root, which is the way most fruit trees are sold, the trees are usally only available in the spring and should be planted very early. Good luck with your orchard!

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