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How to care for your Free English Apple Tree

How to care for your English Apple Tree


Tree height on arrival

  When your tree arrives it will be approximately 1m tall and will look something like the picture to the left.

  For more information on how to care for your large apple tree, see below.

Large tree
VarietyCox's Orange Pippin
Height of tree on arrival1.3m
Type of productBareroot tree, 1 year maiden tree
Mature height of the tree3m (9ft) (maximum height)
RootstockM9 (dwarf)
Despatch carrierCourier
Despatch hubUK
When will the trees will be despatched?November
When will the trees arrive?This tree will arrive as a bareroot product ie, roots with little or no soil on them. The tree has been lifted from the ground and the roots wrapped in a polybag for transportation. The tree is grafted onto M9 rootstock. The tree needs to be planted as sson as possible upon receipt. It is very important not to let the roots dry out, therefore the tree will benefit from being placed in a bucket of water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.
How to care for the treesSoil to be deeply dug and well manured, a sunny position is preferred. Dig a hole wide enough to take the roots when spread out, place a stake in the hole to support the tree. Fill in the hole and firm the soil. Fasten the tree to the stake so it will not move around but make sure that the tree does not rub on the stake. Keep well watered until established, and in dry summers. To boost fruit production water well during hot, dry weather and apply fertiliser annually. Mulch around the plants regularly with compost to help conserve moisture.
Watering and FeedingWater your tree thoroughly after planting and ensure that the surrounding soil is well fed through the growing season. A nutrient supplement or balanced fertilizer can be added for the first years to help maintain the healthy growth of the tree. Once the tree has established itself it will go on giving you perfect fruit for a generation to come, so being careful at the start is well rewarded later.
Fruit ProductionApple trees produce flower and fruit on two year growth though it can be up to three years before you get good quality fruit, The fruit will start to 'set' (form) in June; the picking season begins late September.
Pruning guidelinesPruning apple trees begins immediately after planting. Remove the central stem to just above the highest side branch. For the following 3 years, prune only the tips of the remaining main branches by one third in winter. Aim for about six main branches which will form the frame of your tree, with fruiting sub branches growing off of them. From the fourth year, some sub branches can be pruned out at the union where they join the main branch, to allow new sub branches to take their place.
Pollination informationThis variety is semi self-sterile - which means that it does not require other apple trees fr successful pollination (required to produce fruit). However, you will receive bigger crops if there are other apple trees nearby. Fruit trees in neighbouring gardens can be sufficient.

On arrival soak the roots of the tree throughly in a bucket of water

On arrival soak the roots of the tree throughly in a bucket of water.


Soil to be deeply dug and well manured, a sunny position is preferred. Dig a hole wide enough to take the roots when spread out

Soil to be deeply dug and well manured, a sunny position is preferred. Dig a hole wide enough to take the roots when spread out.


place a stake in the hole to support the tree. Fill in the hole and firm the soil. Fasten the tree to the stake

Place a stake in the hole to support the tree. Fill in the hole and firm the soil. Fasten the tree to the stake.


Water your tree thoroughly after planting and ensure that the surrounding soil is well fed through the growing season.

Water your tree thoroughly after planting and ensure that the surrounding soil is well fed through the growing season.