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When and how to fertilize apple trees for more fruit: tips for summer residents

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When and how to fertilize apple trees to get more fruit. Source: freepik.com

Apples are one of the most beloved, popular, and nutritious fruits. They are valued not only for their taste and versatility but also for their health benefits.

To get a bountiful apple harvest, it is important not only to properly care for the tree, but also to provide it with the necessary nutrients. Noms and Gardens has told us how to do this.

Apple trees, like any other tree, need a lot of nutrients to be able to grow and produce delicious fruit. That is why fertilization should be done regularly.

When to fertilize apple trees

The exact time of fertilization depends on the weather conditions and climate. The first time fertilizer is usually applied in early spring when the buds begin to open.

The second time apple trees are fertilized in May, and the third time in the middle or end of summer to increase fruit yields.

However, plant-growing experts warn that fertilizers should not be applied until the tree is one year old so that it can form a strong root system and learn to absorb nutrients efficiently.

When and how to fertilize apple trees for more fruit: tips for summer residents

How to fertilize apple trees

Experts recommend using organic fertilizers. Despite the fact that they have a lower concentration of nutrients, organic fertilizers are released more slowly and remain in the soil longer, requiring fewer applications. Organic fertilizers also stimulate water movement in the soil and improve soil structure over time.

The ideal fertilizer for an apple tree is a balanced all-purpose feed with a ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. You can also use special fertilizers for fruit trees.

Also, organic matter such as compost can be one way to provide a fairly balanced and natural source of important nutrients.

When and how to fertilize apple trees for more fruit: tips for summer residents

How to fertilize an apple tree

Apple trees have a large underground root system and need to be fed all over. Therefore, you need to apply nutrients evenly over an area as wide as the tree's crown.

Annual mulching will also benefit the fruit tree, as it helps the soil retain moisture and gradually releases nutrients.

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