How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The Luna Semi-dwarf Apple Tree is a new apple related to the very popular Golden Delicious apple, but with terrific disease resistance on a smaller tree that is ideal for a small garden. It produces a crop within one or two years and will have ripe apples from mid-October that will stay on the tree, or in storage, until April – 6 months of your own apple crop. Because this tree is so disease resistant it is ideal for organic growing and to avoid giving your family food laced with pesticides. It will grow to just 10 feet tall, a perfect size for easy harvesting. This tree is hardy throughout zone 5 and will grow well in warm states too.
- Perfect apple tree for the smaller garden – only 10 feet tall
- Disease resistant and easily grown by anyone
- Grows well in both cold and warm regions
- 6 months of fresh fruit for your family
- Great eating apple – crunchy and sweet – as well as for baking
Plant your Luna Apple Tree in a sunny location in well-drained soil. It will grow well in almost all kinds of soil. Because it is a small tree it is very easy to prune, so you can be sure that you can easily grow this apple even if you have no experience. This is the ideal ‘starter’ tree for anyone wanting to grow their own produce, saving money and making sure that you know exactly what has been done to the food your family eats.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 5-8
- Mature Width 10
- Mature Height 10 ft.
- Soil Conditions Well-drained
- Sunlight Full Sun
- Drought Tolerance Moderate
Growing your own food is a spreading trend in home gardens, because it is the only way to be sure you know exactly what you are eating. It is also easy, a lot of fun and you will be amazed at how much you can harvest from a small area. Fruit is a particular favorite, because just about the only way you can get tree-ripened fruit is to grow it yourself. Apples are especially popular, since everyone loves them, they are so versatile, both fresh and for baking and they store for a long time. They are one of the easiest fruits to grow just about anywhere.
About Our Luna Semi-Dwarf Apple Trees
There are a few problems with growing Apple Trees, so we decided to tackle them and find the ideal apple for the smaller garden. We were looking for a tree that would not need spraying with chemicals, would be easy to harvest and would store well. We found it in the variety that has taken the apple world by storm – the Luna Semi-dwarf Apple Tree – a newer variety that is being widely planted in home gardens and commercial orchards, because it really ticks all the boxes. We had it grown on special roots that would prevent it growing to full-size, since a mature apple tree can be too big for today’s smaller gardens. Our trees grow just 10 feet tall, as a broad, rounded bush, disease-resistant and carrying a bumper crop of an improved form of the popular Golden Delicious apple.
Your Luna Apple Tree will start to produce fruit a year or two after you plant it, and will give you bumper harvests every year. The fruit is crisp and crunchy, with a good balance of sweetness and acidity that will appeal to everyone. The color is light green to yellow, often with a red or pink blush. It is a great apple to eat from the hand, as well as a perfect choice for pies, baking, and apple-sauce. Fruit will begin to ripen in early October, but it will remain on the tree, ready to pick, until the end of November, so no rush to get the harvest in. Stored in a cool place this apple keeps so well you will still be eating fresh apples in April. That is 6 months of your own fruit!
The next big plus is its size. We asked our growers to use a special root-system that controls the growth of the tree and produces a semi-dwarf apple tree just 10 feet tall. Semi-dwarf is the ideal size for a family tree, since you will harvest a large crop without sacrificing a lot of garden space.
Where the Luna Apple really wins is in disease resistance. This apple is completely resistant to apple scab, a disease that will weaken your tree and damage the fruit. It is also largely resistant to powdery mildew, another important disease that will hurt your tree. As well it is resistant to bitter pit, a disease you now won’t have to worry about. For this reason complex spraying, and even any spraying at all, is not necessary, so your apples will be organic and healthy to eat, for you and your children.
Plant your Luna Apple Tree in a sunny location, in almost any kind of soil that is well-drained. Do not plant in a hollow or low-spot, where drainage is often poor and where a late frost can sometimes damage the flowers.
Central Leader Pruning System
Prune your tree using the ‘central leader’ system, which is best suited to semi-dwarf trees. If you do not have any other Apples trees, including crab-apples, in your neighborhood, plant a second, different variety, such as one of our new Dwarf Urban Apple Trees, to get the largest crop. An ornamental apple, like the Oregon Crabapple, is also a great choice and will bring beautiful blooms into your garden as well.
History and Origins of the Luna Apple Tree
The Luna Apple was specially bred 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 overcome all the old problems with growing apples at home. Luna is related to the Golden Delicious Apple, perhaps the most popular and versatile apple available, but is far superior because of its enhanced disease resistance. This tree cannot be grown from seed, so beware of cheaper seedling trees that will have none of the qualities of this amazing tree.
The Luna Semi-dwarf Apple Tree has only recently been made available to home gardeners, so supplies are limited as nurseries try to keep up with the high demand. We regularly receive fresh stock, but our supplies are limited, so order now to have the chance to grow this terrific variety – you will not be disappointed.