Site and Soil Requirements

the_wildlife_groups_soil_typesSunlight  is  the  key  ingredient  in maximizing  fruit  production. Early   morning  sun  is  really  important  to  dry   the  dew  from  the  plants,  thereby reducing   the  incidence  of  disease.  So  choose  a  site   on  your  property that  is  in  the  sun  most   of  the  day.  Otherwise,  expect  reduced   performance  from  your trees. Well  drained  soil  is  more  important   than  soil  fertility.  Avoid  soils  that  the   water  is  still  standing  24  hours  after  a   good  rain.  It  is  in  these  areas that  the   roots  will  die  from  a  lack  of  oxygen.  If   you  are  forced  to  plant  in  these  areas  you   will  need  to  plant  on  raised  or  terraced   beds. Lastly  do  not  plant  Apple  Trees  in   high  alkaline  soils.    Apples  develop  many   minor  element  problems  when  planted  on   high  PH  soils.