Fuji Apple Tree

Fuji Apple Tree – Fresh Fruit in Your Own Backyard

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to pick fresh fruit from the Fuji apple tree planted in your own backyard? While this is a worthy and attainable goal, it is important to know – right from the start – that successfully growing apple trees requires some knowledge and some work.

Some people love to start all of their plants and trees from seeds rather than buying a tree from a nursery and replanting it in their yard. While this is a fine choice with some plants, it is very difficult to grow a Fuji apple tree from seeds. Instead, it is best to start with a tree from a nursery.

Typically, as with other trees, you will be able to choose the size of your tree. Obviously, a more mature tree will cost a bit more, but it will most likely produce fruit sooner. If possible, know the nursery from which you buy your tree. You want to choose a very reputable grower who truly has some know how when it comes to nurturing these particular trees.

Choosing the location in which to plant your Fuji apple tree is very important. These trees do require full sun and a soil that is well draining. They also do best in locations that have only mild winters (Sorry, New Englanders).

You will want to do you replanting in the spring time. If you are including more than one Fuji apple tree, you will need to space the trees a minimum of twenty feet apart. It is recommended that you plant several of these trees at once for the best possible results.
As mentioned above, there is some routine maintenance involved in properly caring for a Fuji apple tree. You will need to place mulch or a similar material around the base of each tree. These trees need water, so you will have to watch to soil and be sure to provide adequate water if dry.

You will need to actively thin the fruit as well. This is vital if you want to be able to harvest good fruit from your tree. You need to trim each fruit cluster to just a couple of fruit each. Failing to do so will cause the fruit to be crowded and will greatly hinder the growth.

You will also need to stay on top of insects, which love the Fuji apple tree. Because you will, obviously, be eating the fruit of this tree, you will need to choose your pest control with care. There are many very effective organic options available. Talk to the experts at your local nursery to learn which are best for use in your area.

Pruning is very important, especially during the first few years. Even after that time, you will need to prune each summer in order to aid in the growth of fruit.

You will know it is time to harvest when the seeds of the fruit are brown. Keep in mind that the Fuji apple tree requires a longer growing time than some other fruit trees. Another consideration is whether to choose a dwarf or regular Fuji apple tree.

A regular tree will produce much more fruit. A typical yield is somewhere between ten and twelve bushels. A dwarf tree will not produce as much fruit, but will be a whole lot easier to harvest.           

Successfully growing a Fuji apple tree is a bit of work, but the fruit of your labor is so sweet that it is totally worth the effort.



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