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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.

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