Who wouldn’t like to be able to walk out into their garden and pick a shiny red apple right from the tree? Since apples are such a popular fruit, everyone is going to agree with that. The problem is that traditional apple trees are large, so they need lots of space and lots of care, while many of today’s gardens are small, and we all have only limited time to spend in the garden. If only there was an answer . . .
Now there is! Plant breeders have given us Urban Apples, specially bred trees that fit perfectly into small gardens and can even be grown in containers if you have no garden at all. People have different tastes in apples, and among these amazing new trees is just the one for those who love a crunchy but sweet apple, with that shiny ‘Sleeping Beauty’ rich red skin. This is the Tasty Red Urban Apple Tree, a new variety of apple that is taking the gardening world by storm. It grows into a narrow, upright tree 8-10 feet tall and just 2 feet wide, so it can fit into any small garden or be grown in a large pot. As long as the position is sunny, every garden must have a space just 2 feet wide this tree would fit into.
Growing Tasty Red Urban Apple Trees
Your Tasty Red Urban Apple Tree will begin to produce fruit the first or second year after planting – no long delays before seeing a crop as happens with full-sized trees. It will gradually grow into a beautiful column of leaves and fruit, with a great spring display of pink and white flowers on the bare branches. As the flowers fall you will see tiny apples developing, and over the summer they will grow and grow until by mid-September they will be full-sized apples, bright red in color, ready for you to harvest. ‘Tasty Red’ is the sweetest of the Urban Apples and is ideal for eating straight from the tree, although it can also be stored for several weeks in a cool place.
Plant your new tree in a sunny spot, in almost any kind of soil. This tree is hardy from zone 4 to zone 8, so it can be grown in all but the very coldest and hottest parts of the country. Just make sure you are not planting in a spot with poor drainage, as apple trees do not like to be standing in water. Avoid a low-lying hollow too, especially if you live in colder areas, since late frost can collect there and damage the blossoms.
Maximizing Your Harvest
For the maximum harvest you need to have an apple tree of a different variety within 50 feet of your tree, either a Fruiting Apple Tree or a Crab Apple. If you don’t, then no worries, simply add either a Blushing Delight Urban Apple Tree or a Tangy Green Urban Apple Tree to your order and plant them near each other – they take up so little room there will be no space issues, no matter how small your garden. These other varieties can be eaten fresh and they are also ideal for all your baking, so with two different trees you can have perfect eating apples and perfect cooking apples straight from your garden.
Planting a Mini-Orchard
For a great garden feature, plant a mini-orchard, using two or three kinds of Urban Apples, planted 3 feet apart, along a fence, a wall, or as a row along a path or driveway. This makes a great natural hedge that is not only beautiful but useful too – the ideal garden feature.
Growing in a Pot or Container
To grow the Tasty Red Urban Apple Tree in a container, choose one with good drainage holes that is 18-24 inches across. Choose a potting soil recommended for outdoor planters, and keep your potted tree in a sunny spot and outdoors all year round. Water well each time, so that water flows from the drainage holes and do not stand your pot in a saucer. Let the top inch or so of the soil become dry before watering again. Use a fertilizer for fruit trees regularly, according to the recommendations on the package.
History and Origins of the Tasty Red Urban Apple
The Tasty Red Urban Apple Tree is the result of intensive breeding and research by Dr. Jaroslav Tupy, head of the Institute of Experimental Botany, Prague, in the Czech Republic. He worked for years to produce a really new kind of apple that makes it possible for anyone to successfully grow apples, even in the smallest gardens. These are very special trees, so cheaper varieties will not resemble the Tasty Red Urban Apple Tree at all, and will only be a huge disappointment to you, growing large and unwieldy, with inferior fruit.