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Apple Trees

apple tropic sweet 300x252 ANNA APPLE TREEApples in the tropical south were almost nonexistent up until 30 years ago . Like peaches, nectarines and plums, apples need a certain amount of winter chill to set fruit. Florida’s hot, humid summers also limit us to the summer ripening varieties, as low chill fall ripeners usually rot before ripening.

The first true breakthrough in apples came with the Israeli releases ANNA and EIN SHEMER. ANNA has proven itself to be one of the very best for our region. And it’s now being used in Dr. Wayne Sherman’s University of Florida breeding program, which released TROPIC SWEET and hopefully many more to come. We’ve also found some new varieties and heirloom apples from this zone and are stocking four this year. They are experiments, but we know they are tasty ones.

Tropical apples are unique as the textures of the fruits are very crispy. Their flavor ranges from the sharp flavors of apples like Granny Smith, to sweet overtones, like Gala. Growing your own fruit allows you to choose varieties with the taste that best suits your personal pallet. Pick ANNA on the green side for a Granny Smith-like flavor, or allow it to ripen to a beautiful yellow for a rich, sweet, Gala-like flavor. All of these apples lend themselves well to both fresh eating or cooking.

We’re also including the heirloom crabapple we’ve just found and propagated here (courtesy of one of our great customers– thanks again!!) and a flowering crabapple that performs well for us in North Florida.

More Stuff to Know About Apples

POLLINATION
Yes, apples need cross pollination! To set a consistent crop, use one of a different variety to pollinate. Be aware of the fact that crabapple do not pollinate any of the southern low chill apples. Crabapple do need cross pollination as well, you will need to buy a different variety of crabapple to get fruit set. One variety can pollinate up to 4 trees of a different variety if set in an alternate pattern. See This Grouping to get the right varieties together

NEEDS CROSS POLLINATION

PLANT THESE TOGETHER

ANNA APPLE

DORSETT GOLDEN APPLE

TROPIC SWEET APPLE

SELF FERTILE           

JOY APPLE 

SHELL APPLE

NEEDS CROSS POLLINATION

PLANT THESE TOGETHER

SAN MARCO CRABAPPLE

DESOTO’S CRABAPPLE

NATIVE CRABAPPLE

APPLES IN THE LANDSCAPE It’s the beauty of each changing season that always gives you something to watch with an apple tree. Billowy pink clouds of fragrant apple blossoms in spring, months of beautiful apples hanging on the trees changing from green to yellow to red, topped off with a fall color show of bright yellow.

Use the standard-sized trees for small shade trees or as accents intermingled in the shrubbery border with smaller fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, figs or pomegranates.


USDA ANNA APPLE TREE
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Just the Facts ANNA APPLE TREE
«Not sure what to do with Apple Trees or how to grow them? Click here for Just the Facts on planting and care.

 


 

Apple Trees - APPLE LOW CHILL VARIETIES

Buying and Growing Tips..

Growing apples in the tropical south east can be challenging. Be sure to choose varieties that ripen before the summer rains, this will insure less spraying and make growing your apples organically a true possibility.

Apple Trees - HEIRLOOM and OTHER APPLES VARIETIES

Buying and Growing Tips….

 Apples love calcium, if you want good quality apples make sure you lime your soil to a pH of around 7. Choose heirloom apples is your an organic grower they’re more disease resistant.

Apple Trees - CRABAPPLE VARIETIES

Buying and Growing Tips….

Crabapples are a good source of natural pectin. If your making jams and jellies add a few to the recipe for a sharp flavor note and the thicken the jam. Crabapples are also beautiful in the edible landscape and draw wild life. 

Just Fruits and Exotics
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Crawfordville, Florida 32327
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