Growing Organic apples is definitely challenging but worthwhile due to the fact that most conventionally grown apples may have up to 32 different pesticides sprayed on them.
Apples take knowledge and acres to maintain. However, in the home orchard or backyard where only a few trees would be grown, problems that arise will be easier to manage.
America’s lists total more than 3000 varieties.
Apples are the most widely adapted deciduous fruit, grown anywhere there is enough winter chill (annual hours of 45 deg. and under). Southernmost coastal areas are generally poor spots for apples
In the Landscape
Apple trees are very showy in spring with their showy white flowers. A deciduous tree, its branches can be pruned to unique shapes for visual interest in winter. They can be espaliered against a wall or made into a hedge. Sizes come in dwarf 6-10 ft., semi-dwarf 10-15 ft., and standard 20-40 ft. A few are self-fruiting but production is always better when cross pollinated with another variety that blooms at the same time.
Dwarf sizes can actually be grown in a large container or barrel.
In the Kitchen
Apples are a versatile fruit in the kitchen. It’s many uses make it worth having a tree or two. Most think of apple pie, but apples are a great complement to meats and many vegetables, adding a touch of sweetness. And if you have a windfall of fruit, apple cider and applesauce are more delicious options.