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What Is The Best Variety Of Apple Trees To Grow…

Joseph H. Asked

What is the best variety of apple trees to grow in Kentucky that are disease-resistant?

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Hello, Joseph: Picking apples in your own garden is very rewarding. You are wise to choose a disease-resistant variety. Planting an apple tree that is less susceptible to insect and disease problems will be less maintenance on your part and give you a better crop in the long run. Just as important as choosing the right tree for your landscape is choosing the right space to plant it in. Apple trees require a site where they will be exposed to a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight. Good early morning sun is important so that it can dry off the dew, eliminating potential problems. Good air circulation and good drainage are essential for the health of your apple tree. Apple trees should be fertilized each spring and pruned annually in March. If you need detailed information on pruning your apple tree, the Ohio Cooperative Extension has a good publication you can read at http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1150.html
. As far as disease-resistant varieties, Enterprise, Liberty, and Jonafree are all good choices for those of us gardening in Kentucky. For more specific information on these varieties as well as others visit www.uky.edu/Ag/Horticulture/homefruitrec07
.pdf. As with any new addition to the garden, make sure you purchase your plant material from a reliable source. Visit your local garden centers and talk with knowledgeable staff members who can help you choose the right apple tree for your landscape.

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