Tangy Green Urban Apple TreeMalus domestica ‘AK-98’
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Malus domestica ‘AK-98’
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The Tangy Green Urban Apple Tree is a new and exciting variety of apple that grows just 10 feet tall and just 2 feet wide. It naturally forms an upright column that will be covered with the most delicious rich-green apples, ripening in mid-September. This is the ideal choice of variety if you like a tangy, crisp apple, for eating fresh or for cooking. Plant your tree in a sunny location in any kind of soil that is well-drained. It requires very little care from you to start producing apples within a year or two after planting. Before you know it you will be bringing fresh, crisp apples into the house for your family to enjoy and unlike store-bought apples you will know exactly what has been done to grow them.
This tree is also perfect for growing in pots, where it will thrive and give fruit for many years. If you have no other apple trees around you, plant another variety of our Urban Apples with this tree, so that both trees will give a bumper harvest. These trees are ideal for an unusual hedge separating one part of the garden from another, or as accent plants around the garden. Once you have grown these trees you will discover how easy it is to have your own tree-ripened fruit, no matter how small your garden is.
Everyone loves apples, but most people don’t try to grow their own, since they believe that the trees are large, take up a lot of room and need lots of care. That might have been true once, but it is not true anymore. Plant breeders have worked hard for us and produced a range of plants called Urban Apple Trees. As the name suggests, these trees have been developed for today’s small gardens, where full-sized apple trees would just be too big. They are a true breakthrough, that opens up apple growing at home to everyone, no matter how small their garden, or even if they have no garden at all, since these trees can also be grown in pots on a terrace or balcony.
The Tangy Green Urban Apple Tree is the perfect choice for those who love a sharp, tasty apple, with crisp flesh. As well as being good for eating, this apple is ideal for baking, since the extra acidity keeps your deserts and pies tasty and exciting. Although the tree is small, the fruit is full-sized and each tree bears a good crop, although taking up almost no space at all. This tree will only grow 8 – 10 feet tall, and no more than 2 feet wide, so it will fit into a very small space. In the past gardeners had to use advanced pruning techniques to keep trees small like this, but this new tree grows that way naturally, with no special methods needed.
Finding such a small place in even the tiniest garden is easy. Anywhere in the sun is an ideal spot for your Tangy Green Urban Apple Tree, in any kind of soil that is well-drained. Avoid low-lying areas, where water may accumulate, or hollows, where late frost may damage the blossoms. This tree is hardy throughout zone 4, so it will grow in cold areas, as well as growing well all the way through zone 8, which means that almost everywhere in the country you can enjoy these great trees, no matter how small your garden is.
If you already have apple trees, including Crab Apples, growing in your garden, or with neighbors, then you can plant just one of these trees. However, if you have no other apple trees around, or if you like more variety on the table, we recommend you plant another tree – such as the Blushing Delight Urban Apple Tree, or the Tasty Red Urban Apple Tree, so that all your trees will produce the biggest possible harvest.
After all, with trees that are so narrow, you can plant a whole row, placing the trees just 3 feet apart, and have a mini-orchard right in your garden. A row of these trees is a great way to make a novel hedge, separating one part of your garden from another, or lining a path or driveway. They also make great specimens spaced out more widely as accents in your garden – beautiful and useful at the same time – what more can we ask of our garden plants?
To grow your Tangy Green Urban Apple in a container, choose a large pot 18-24 inches across and make sure it has several drainage holes. Use any potting soil designed for outdoor planters. Water thoroughly each time you water, so that some water flows from the drainage holes and do not place the pot in a saucer. Let the top inch of soil become dry before watering again.
‘Tangy Green’ is one of the Urban Apple Tree range, developed in the early part of this century by Dr. Jaroslav Tupy, head of the Institute of Experimental Botany, Prague, in the Czech Republic. He carried out years of extensive breeding to produce a really new kind of apple that makes it possible for anyone to successfully grow apples in the smallest gardens. These are special trees, so cheaper varieties will not be anything like the Tangy Green Urban Apple Tree at all, and will only be a huge disappointment to you.