Colonnade Apple Trees
These days, it seems like there's more opportunity for buying plants through the mail, whether you're looking for herbs or perennials or even trees, catalogs are a great place to shop. However if you order something like fruit trees, don't be disappointed when you unwrap them and they look like a stick with some roots. They're actually just asleep and there's a lot of potential in them.
As soon as they arrive there are some things you should do. Once you get them unpackaged, make sure that your order is complete and then soak the roots in water for at least two hours, but no more than twenty-four.
You might think that you have to have a lot of room in your garden to grow fruit trees, but that's not true at all, my garden is pretty small. So I stick with dwarf varieties or the colonnade forms.
Just as the name implies, colonnade trees grow in a strict vertical column. I have some colonnade apple trees that at maturity are eight feet tall, but only two feet wide. That makes them perfect for growing at the back of my vegetable garden in the narrow space by my fence.
It's simple to plant these trees. Just dig a generous hole so you can spread out the roots and when you position the tree, make sure that the bud union, the swollen part at the base of the trunk, is about two inches above the ground line. Gently place the soil around it and water it in with some liquid fertilizer.
Now remember, if you're going to grow apples you need two varieties for cross-pollination.