> Dwarf Apple Trees
apple trees have many advantages to standard sized apple trees.
First of all, dwarf apple trees are smaller. This means that
they take up less room in a garden. The reduced size of a dwarf
apple tree makes it easier to prune, spray and harvest fruit.
Additionally, dwarf apple trees will produce fruit earlier than
standard apple trees, often only three years after being planted,
as opposed to as many as ten years.
are generally two ways to create a dwarf apple tree. One way
is to specially breed them smaller. This is very hard to do
and may take hundreds of years. A faster, and much more common
way is to graft the tree onto a rootstock that has been selected
for its dwarfing characteristics. There are several different
types of rootstock, and each works best with specific trees.
Dwarf apple trees often require much less care than full sized
apple trees. The rootstock chosen for the dwarf apple tree
will often be much hardier than the original root system of
the tree. Also, the smaller stature of a dwarf apple tree
will mean that less pruning needs to be done, and the tree
will require less spraying. Less tree to care for means less
work to do.
about every breed of apple tree can be dwarfed. The type of
the dwarf apple tree depends on the variety grafted, while
the size depends on the rootstock used. Some rootstock will
dwarf apple trees more than others. It is important to select
not only the breed of tree desired, but also the size. A dwarf
apple tree will grow better in a home garden than will a full
sized apple tree.