Apples are the most popular fruit in every home – so when we start thinking about growing our own fruit, it is obvious that apples would be the first choice. However, there can be some problems, especially if you don’t have a large garden. The first and literally the biggest is the size of a typical apple tree. Old-style apple trees can be more than 20 feet tall and 15 feet across, which not only means they take up a lot of space you may not have, it also makes picking the crop a major operation that is beyond many people’s ability. Secondly, almost all apples need a second, different variety to pollinate them and allow fruit to develop. So as if one tree wasn’t already too big, now you need two.
Gardeners didn’t give up however, and today we have unique apple trees available that will fit into any garden, no matter how small, and they can even be grown in containers if you don’t have any garden at all. Let us introduce you to the Blushing Delight Urban Apple Tree. These amazing trees were developed by world-class apple breeders and are not a gimmick, but a genuine solution to a real problem.
Growing Blushing Delight Urban Apple Trees
These remarkable trees naturally grow 8-10 feet tall, but only 18-24 inches wide, making a narrow column that will fit into any space. In the past it took complex growing and pruning techniques to keep apple trees to this size, but now it happens naturally. The Blushing Delight Urban Apple Tree forms a central trunk with short side-branches all the way up the stem – some people have described the shape as like a bottle-brush.
Unlike the tree however, the apples are full-sized, with a delicious sweet crunchiness you and your family will adore. They are green with a blush of pink or red when they are fully mature. Your apples will be ready to harvest around the middle of September, just in time for back-to-school snacks, as well as baking all those delicious pies and desserts. Not only is this tree useful, giving you tree-ripened apples straight from the smallest garden, but it is beautiful too, when the pink and white blossoms smother the tree in spring, full of promise of a bumper crop.
The Blushing Delight Urban Apple Tree is also hardy, growing right into zone 4, where winter temperatures can be minus 30 degrees. Yet they can also be grown in warmer areas too, everywhere except for Florida, southern Texas and coastal California. Plant your tree in a sunny location, in any kind of soil that drains well. In cold areas do not plant in a hollow, where water may linger and where late frosts can damage flowers.
Growing in a Pot or Container
To grow your tree in a container, choose a large pot that is 18-24 inches across, with good drainage holes. Fill the container with rich, potting soil for outdoor plants and place the pots in a sunny location. The trees should stay outdoors all year round. Use fertilizer for flowering or fruiting plants regularly as directed on the package. Water your trees thoroughly each time, until water flows out of the drainage holes and do not stand the pot in a saucer. Only water again when the top inch of soil has become dry.
Maximizing Your Harvest
Because the Urban Apple Tree is small, it begins to carry apples very early in life – within one or two years of planting – so you won’t have to wait long before starting to pick delicious fruit right off your own tree. To get a full harvest you need to plant a second, different variety nearby, but since the trees are so small, a second Urban Apple Tree can easily be fitted in. Good choices would be the Tangy Green Urban Apple Tree or the Tasty Red Urban Apple Tree. In fact, a mixed row of these trees, planted just 3 feet apart, makes a great natural hedge, perhaps dividing one part of your garden from another, or running along a pathway. It will be beautiful in spring, the developing and ripening fruit are a pleasure to see in summer and even in winter the intricate branching makes a lovely sight.
History and Origins of the Blushing Delight Urban Apple
‘Blushing Delight’ is part of the Urban Apple Tree range, developed earlier this century by Dr. Jaroslav Tupy, head of the Institute of Experimental Botany, Prague, in the Czech Republic. It is the result of years of extensive breeding to produce a new-generation of apples that make it possible to grow apples in the smallest gardens. These are special trees, so cheaper varieties will not be anything like the Blushing Delight Urban Apple Tree at all, and will only be a huge disappointment to you.