Get the planting right
Apples are easy to grow, you can even plant them in a container, but they need the right conditions if you want to have years of bountiful harvests
Apples are happiest planted in the ground where they can really stretch out their roots. The best time to plant them is November to March, when they’re dormant. Find a sunny, sheltered spot and improve the soil by forking in plenty of compost or well-rotted farmyard manure over a wide area around the planting hole – this will encourage the roots to explore outwards into the surrounding soil. If space is limited, you can still enjoy the crisp, juicy freshness of just-picked apples by growing trees in pots. Because the roots determine the size of the tree, choose a tree that has been grafted onto a container rootstock. Apples on dwarfing M26 rootstocks stay about 2m tall if grown in a large pot (about 50cm diameter). Water the tree carefully and feed regularly with liquid seaweed throughout the growing season.