Apple Buds

Last spring, as the best moving-in gift ever, i received my first apple tree: sure beats the pants off a new set of pot holders!  Despite the obscenely hot summer we had last year, it put on some decent grown and seemed to have settled in nicely by the fall.

Over the winter, i did some (okay, way too much) reading about different ways to grow apple trees.  Of all the shapes and styles of growing trees, i decided on an “open centered”, primarily because of this very well explained video series.

This guy’s great!  Besides the accent, he stresses achieving the tree’s balance through thoughtful pruning and make a strong case for the open centered form.  I especially appreciate how he narrates each cut made on the tree, so much easier seeing a real life example versus reading it in a book with still photos.

When i pruned my apple tree this last january for the first time, i converted it from a central leader tree to an open center.   It’s a very weird feeling to walk up to a perfectly healthy tree and chop off the tallest central growth, then hack away some more!   I’m very happy with the basic shape, and am curious how it will grow in this year.  Below is the before and after…


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Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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3 Responses to Apple Buds

  1. Kim says:

    Hey Ry – I just bought almost $100 worth of seeds for my balcony. Any chance you want to share some tips on seedling experimenting and care? Here in Ottawa we’re eons behind you (blooms? Buds? More like banks. of snow. still…). So maybe this is out of touch…if you have any sites to recommend or whatever, that’s awesome too. I’m also going to have to build “pots” to grow everything in out there…maybe I should give you a call…

  2. Ryan says:

    well done! i love looking through seed catalogues and going to town…i haven’t done much (read: any) container gardening, so i can’t offer too much advice. one thing i have noticed is that i’ve had a hard time with roots overheating and pot drying out. a black plastic pot in direct sun really heats up quickly, and you almost need to water small pots every day. check out this site:
    heck, maybe you should blog about it? i’m like a pusher man: come on kim, try it, first one’s on me…

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