What are William’s Pride apples? Introduced in 1988, William’s Pride is an attractive purplish red or deep red apple with white or creamy yellow flesh. The flavor is tart and sweet, with a crisp, juicy texture. The apples can be stored up to six weeks with no loss in quality.
William’s Pride apples are resistant to a number of diseases that commonly afflict apple trees, including scab, cedar apple rust, and fire blight. The trees are suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. Sound good? Read on and learn how to grow William’s Pride apples trees.
Growing William’s Pride Apples
William’s Pride apple trees require moderately rich, well-drained soil and six to eight hours of sunlight per day.
If your soil doesn’t drain well, dig in a generous amount of well-aged compost, shredded leaves, or other organic material to a depth of 12 to 18 inches (31-46 cm.). However, beware of placing ripe compost or fresh manure near the roots. If your soil consists of heavy clay, you may need to find a better location or reconsider growing William’s Pride apples.
Water newly planted apple trees deeply every seven to ten days during warm, dry weather using a drip system or soaker hose. After the first year, normal rainfall is usually sufficient for growing William’s Pride apples. Avoid overwatering. William’s Pride apple trees can tolerate somewhat dry conditions but not soggy soil. A 2 to 3 inch (5-8 cm.) layer of mulch will prevent evaporation and help keep the soil evenly moist.
Don’t fertilize at planting time. Feed apples trees with a balanced fertilizer after two to four years, or when the tree begins bearing fruit. Never fertilize William’s Pride apple trees after July; feeding trees late in the season may produce tender new growth that is susceptible to damage by frost.
As part of your William’s Pride apple care, you may want to thin fruit to ensure better quality fruit and prevent breakage caused by the excess weight. Prune William’s Pride apple trees annually after harvest.