Planting fruit trees in the yard can be a welcoming addition. However, deciding what to grow may prove to be difficult. With so many options, it is no surprise that some may choose to grow apple trees at home. Beloved for their tolerance to a wide range of growing zones, fresh apples serve as the perfect sweet and tart fruit for home gardens. One variety of apple, ‘Autumn Crisp,’ is especially prized for its use in the kitchen and for fresh eating.
Autumn Crisp Tree Info
Autumn Crisp apple trees are the result of the cross between ‘Golden Delicious’ and ‘Monroe’ apple varieties. First introduced by Cornell University, this extremely crisp variety of apple is rich in Vitamin C.
In addition to these attributes, Autumn Crisp apple trees produce high yields that are excellent for fresh eating. When compared to other cultivars, these apples demonstrate slower oxidation and browning when cut into slices.
How to Grow Autumn Crisp Apples
Growing Autumn Crisp apples is very similar to growing other apple varieties. First, growers will need to determine whether or not the apple is hardy to their USDA growing zone. Once that has been established, it will be necessary to locate a source of the plant.
Due to the nature of apple seeds, it is not possible to grow this variety from seed. Though apple trees can be grown in this manner, planted seed would not grow true to type.
For best results, Autumn Crisp apple tree saplings can be ordered online or found in local garden centers. Purchasing your apple sapling from a reputable source will help to ensure that transplants are healthy and disease free.
Choose a well-draining and well-amended location in the garden to plant your apple tree. Make certain that the tree receives full sun, or at least six to eight hours of sunlight each day.
Dig a hole that is at least twice as wide and twice as deep as the root ball of the apple tree. Plant the tree and gently, yet thoroughly, water the transplanted sapling.
Autumn Crisp Apple Care
Beyond planting, Autumn Crisp apple care will need to be consistent with routine care of other fruit trees. This means that the trees will require frequent weekly irrigation throughout the growing season, fertilization, as well as pruning and limb maintenance.
With proper care during the tree’s period of establishment, growers are able to enjoy succulent fresh apples for years to come.