The Q&A Archives: Chehalis Apple Trees

Question: I have recently purchased a Chehalis Apple Tree from a Nursery that was closing down and got a great sale price. But it did not come with directions on planting, how big it will grow or how far apart it should be planted apart from other trees. Do you have any info about this type of apple tree?

Answer: Chehalis apples resemble Golden Delicious, but the fruit is larger and crisper. The tree is resistant to scab and mildew. It's generally available on a semi-dwarf rootstock. If your tree is grafted onto this type of root stock you can expect the trees to grow between 8' - 14' tall, with an equal spread. Provide at least that much room between trees to allow elbow room when the trees are mature. Chehalis will need a companion tree for complete pollination which will result in heavier fruit set. Some good companion trees include Liberty, Akane, Enterprise, Honeycrisp and Ashmeade's Red.

Plant your apple tree where it will receive full sunshine in soil that drains well. Dig a hole larger than the rootmass of the tree and backfil with native soil, leaving a little mound of soil on the bottom of the hole. Drape the roots of the tree over the mound of soil so they fall naturally. Then fill the hole, gently tamping the soil around the roots. Finish up by watering well to eliminate any air pockets around the roots. Water weekly during the growing season until your apple trees are firmly established in their new homes.

Enjoy your harvest!

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