Our apple trees for sale include varieties that are disease resistant, heirloom, used for cider, and many more. Moreover, our bareroot apple trees are 1-2 years old, 4′-6′ tall, and have an average caliper/diameter of ½”.

Apple trees, except for seedlings, have two parts. The first part has the scion which is above ground and responsible for the fruit’s characteristics and disease resistance. The second part is the rootstock, which is under ground and responsible for the size, cold hardiness, and partly the disease resistance. In fact, we use different rootstocks such as dwarf (Bud 9 and G.41), semi-dwarf (EMLA 7, EMLA 111, G.890, Bud 118), and standard (Antonovka seedlings). Learn more about our rootstocks.Apple Rootstocks

At the start of March, we begin shipping trees based on your chosen shipping date at checkout or if you haven’t selected a date, we ship based on the best time to plant for your region. Learn more about our shipping by visiting our shipping page and for a list of states with restrictions for specific tree types, visit our shipping restrictions page.

If you have selected local pickup, we’ll send you a notification at the end of March to book a pickup date to get your trees. We offer trees for local pickup at our nursery in Ithaca, New York from end of March until May.

If you planted the tree in the spring and it does not show any signs of growth before July 1st, it means that the tree may have a problem. We guarantee to replace it next season or provide a refund depending on your preference.

If the tree you planted in the spring shows growth, but dies in the fall, please email us with a photo, order number, and description of the issue and we can help to diagnose the problem. If it’s an issue with the tree itself, we guarantee to replace it next season or provide a refund depending on your preference.

If it is your first time growing apple trees, then you will need to consider these six steps of successful growing. First, tree selection, then site selection/soil preparation, planting, pruning, watering, and lastly protecting against pests and diseases.

The first step in your journey to grow apple trees is selecting the right tree for your conditions and preferences. Six factors you can consider are fruiting, pollination, size/rootstock, chill hours, disease resistance, and hardiness zone. Feel free to read more in depth about apple tree selection. Rootstocks help control the size of the tree and you can read more about the specific rootstock we use and also in more depth about apple tree rootstock including history. Once you know what to look for you can easily find the apple tree for you with our filtering system. You can select the right size/rootstock, hardiness zone and disease resistance.

The second step is selecting the right site for your trees and starting to prepare the soil. The five factors to consider for how to select your orchard site are elevated/rolling land, well-draining loamy soil, the right pH, full to partial sun, and protection from strong winds. The best soil for apple trees is a well-draining loamy soil. Not only does loam soil hold moisture well, but it also drains well. If the soil doesn’t drain well, then the chance of root and crown rot increases. Additionally lack of good drainage can decrease root growth. Apple trees also prefer a slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH between 5.8 – 7.0.

The third step is planting! You should know when is the right time to plant as well as how to plant apple trees. There are about ten steps that you can easily follow. However knowing when to plant apple trees depends on if you are planting barefoot or containerised and what hardiness zone you are in.

The fourth important step is pruning an apple tree. When pruning you aim for a central leader/pyramidal form. So you have to first prune back the competing central leader. Then you remove dead, diseased and damaged limbs. Afterwards, prune back non-primary scaffold branches, then prune the suckers. Next prune back the upward, inward, and downward growing branches and then prune the whorls. And lastly, prune back all branches by 1/3rd of their length.

The fifth step is to know how to water apple trees. Newly planted trees would need more water than a mature tree. In fact about 5 gallons of water (one large bucket) about 3 times a week is adequate. Established trees only need to be watered when there is little rainfall or when you experience drought. Generally, about an inch of rainfall every seven to ten days is enough. To see more of the do’s and don’ts of watering an apple tree check out the article above.

The sixth step to growing is protecting the tree from pests and diseases. The key factor is to practice organic pest management and also spray the tree for specific diseases at the right time.