Pink Lady Apple Trees are native to North America. They grow well in most climates. They have long stems with small leaves that turn bright red when ripe. Their fruit is a reddish purple berry, which tastes like apples but smaller and sweeter than an American McIntosh or Granny Smith apple. You may not see them every day, but they do produce fruits year round!
The name “pink” comes from their color. The berries are actually edible and delicious, so don’t worry if you never get around to eating one.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a climate where these beauties grow, then why not plant some?
They’re easy to care for too!
There’s no need to spend money on seeds or expensive equipment just because they aren’t native here in your area. You can grow a pink lady apple tree yourself.
All you need is soil, water, and sunlight.
What kind of pink lady apple tree do I want to start?
You might think that you’d want something similar to what you’ve seen in nature. But there are many varieties of pink lady apple trees available today. Some look pretty, while others are plain ugly looking.
So how do you decide which one will work best for my needs?
Let me go over a few things to look out for before you make your final decision.
What’s the trunk width?
The wider the better. Trunks that are too narrow can topple over in a storm, especially if they’re top heavy with branches and leaves. You also need to make sure that the wider trunks have enough space to spread out their roots.
What’s the height?
This isn’t as important as the width, but you still need to think about how far the branches extend. Some can grow very high if they aren’t pruned. Others stay in a single general location and don’t grow very much at all. It all depends on the sun exposure they receive and the type of soil they have access to.
What kind of fertilizer do they need?
This is the least of your worries. Most trees, including pink lady apple trees, don’t need much in the way of special nutrients added to their soil. In fact, too much of a good thing can be bad. Only purchase something like this if the soil is severely lacking anything at all. A simple bag of dirt from your local home and garden center should do just fine for most trees.
How big are the leaves?
Big leaves are fine if you have a lot of space. But if you’re limited on space, then smaller leaves are the way to go. Pink lady apple trees aren’t picky when it comes to soil either. You just need to add a few extra items here and there to keep it loose and allow the root system to spread out.
What kind of sunlight does it need?
Some trees prefer the partial shade, while others can only grow in the full sunshine. Think about where you’re going to be placing your tree and make sure it gets the right amount of light daily.
Do I want a single stem or multiple stems?
Also known as twiners, these trees have a very unique look. The branches literally twist around themselves creating an almost infinity loop pattern. This takes a lot of time and patience to create, but the results are well worth it. There’s a very ornate look to them that most people only dream about having in their own backyards. The downside to these trees is their height. Most of them are short and don’t offer much shade coverage unless they’re placed in large groups.
Do I want a conical or oval shaped crown?
These are more traditional trees. The branches grow out in a full circle shape from the base of the tree. The oval crowns are more realistic looking while the conical shaped ones look a little weird. Either one can be placed in just about any location since they can handle anything the weather throws at them.
Decide what your needs and wants are first before you shop around for trees.
“It’s that one!” You point at a tree with an oval shaped crown and a wide trunk.
“I want that one!”
Are you sure?”
Ken asks. “That one looks like it could take up a lot of room.”
“I’m sure,” you say.
“Alright then, I’ll get some of my guys to bring it down for you.”
Ken walks away and comes back a few minutes later with a chain saw and a couple of his workers. The tree is cut down and they proceed to drag it out of the lot.
You pay Ken for the tree and his time then drive back to your house with your new addition.
You spend the rest of the day getting your tree into the ground and situated in the spot you picked out earlier. It takes a lot of work, but it’s well worth it as soon as you see it in place.
You water it well and add some fertilizer before going inside for the night. You can’t wait to sit out here with Lisa and Carter in a few weeks.
Lisa and Carter arrive a few days before Christmas and are absolutely thrilled to see the tree. It’s even bigger than you remembered.
Lisa gives you a big hug and thanks you for your generosity.
“I’ve never had a real tree before,” she says. “This is such a nice house warming gift.
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