tiny pyramid. Firm it in well, so it’s planted in a slight cone, not a well, because more trees die from being over- wet than too dry.
Water it well, stake it and mulch it thickly with either garden compost or wood chippings, to keep the weeds down and the moisture in.
You don’t add compost to the hole because you want the roots to grow out into the soil.
If you put compost into the hole, the roots will stay and curl around and become almost pot- bound. Roots need to grow horizontally as quickly as possible.
Most feeding roots are within a spade’s depth and horizontal. They don’t go down, they go sideways.
If you want to reduce the size of the apple tree, do it in summer. If you want to stimulate it to grow bigger, do it in winter.
“Almost all apples produce their fruit on spurs and the spurs only develop on wood when it gets to two or three years old.
Use it as an experience to extend your knowledge about what apples look and taste like.
When you go to the supermarket, you’re just not going to have that opportunity.
Then, if you find an apple you really like that you can’t buy in a supermarket, that’s the one to grow.