The flavour of home-grown apples, Malus domestica, beats that of shop-bought varieties any day. What’s more, a much greater variety of cultivars is available if you grow your own.
Apple trees are easy to grow and are available grafted on to a range of rootstocks, making them perfect for growing in any size of garden – some can even be grown in containers.
Malus domestica benefits from growing in a sheltered, sunny spot, where the blossom will attract the greatest variety of pollinators and where the sun will ripen the fruit. Mulch annually and water in dry spells.
Malus domestica is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies/moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers, provides shelter and habitat, makes a good wildlife hedge, has seeds for birds and is a caterpilar food plant.
Half Standard – A tree on a semi-vigorous rootstock with a clear stem of 1.2-1.5m and a head of branches