Apple Trees - Red DeliciousScientific Name: Malus domestica
Best Planted In Zone: 4-8
Red Delicious Apple trees ripen through September and October and produce large, dark red fruit. The apples' sweet and juicy taste is perfect for the family apple pie recipe and other dessert cooking. The tree requires 900 chill hours, and Golden Delicious Apple trees are the recommended pollinators for this tree. For planting, apple trees prefer full sun and moist, well-drained soil. At maturity, the Red Delicious can reach a height and width of 12-15 feet. USDA ZONES: Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8.
Most PlantMeGreen trees can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
First, decide on a planting location. Apples will grow more vigorously and produce more fruit in full sun. Apples prefer well-drained, sandy loam soil but will grow in many soil types. Apples prefer slightly acid soil (pH 6.0-6.8). Dig a planting hole approximately three times the width of the pot and at the same depth as the root ball. Set that soil aside and mix it 50/50 with aged mushroom compost, aged manure, or rotted pine bark & aged manure or compost. Remove the plant from the pot, gently loosen the root ball and place in the planting hole. To avoid burying too deep, make sure plant is positioned with the top most roots at the soil line. Fill the planting hole with the mix of soil and organic matter; gently tamp it in. Make sure to water thoroughly to settle the roots and eliminate air pockets. DO NOT put fertilizer in the planting hole. Only apply fertilizer if it is the correct time of year. You can construct a water basin around the base of the tree approximately 36 inches in diameter. Mulch in spring and summer with approximately 4-6 inches of mulch, make sure to pull mulch a couple of inches away from the trunk for good air circulation. In spring, we suggest a mix of compost and weed-free hay, while in summer use weed-free hay or grass clippings alone. Spacing for apples depends upon the desired use in the landscape. Trees should be at least 15-20 feet apart, but no further than 20 feet apart for cross-pollination.
Water apple trees regularly, making sure to keep the soil moist without drowning the tree. Prune in the winter while the tree is growing and in the summer once the tree has reached its desired height.