Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Red Delicious, and Rome Beauty are some of the many types of apples that can be grown in the Central Coast climate.
For good fruit set, it may be necessary to have more than one tree and to plant more than one variety to encourage cross pollination. Some varieties, such as Golden Delicious, can be self-pollinating, but many are not. Select varieties with overlapping blooming periods to encourage pollination.
Apples must be grown in full sun, preferably a south facing site, for best fruit set. Avoid sites with temperature extremes, which is the most difficult condition for fruit trees to endure.
Fruit trees acclimated to temperate zones are typically purchased and planted as bare root trees. Mound planting is helpful in reducing root rot and promoting growth; do not plant in a basin.
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Plant above the original soil line and keep the crown dry. Head the tree at 20 to 24 inches to encourage low branching and balance growth.
For further information on pruning and caring for your apple trees, visit http://homeorchard.ucanr.edu/.
When it comes to food preservation, apples are a superstar. You can do so many things with them, and they stand up to it all so well! Dehydrating, canning, freezing, pickling — you name it, they can take it. Preserving apples during peak harvest will add variety to your menus throughout the year.
Join the UCCE Master Food Preserver of SLO County’s class, “All about Apples,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the UCCE Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo.
You’ll learn how to make apple pie filling for a tasty fall treat, as well as acquire new skills for making delicious dried apple rings and applesauce.
Please register online (http://ucanr.edu/allaboutapples) or call the local Master Food Preserver Helpline, 805-781-1429.
Let’s welcome autumn by preserving one of its delicious fruits, apples, so we can enjoy the flavor of fall year-round!
CONTACT THE UCCE MASTER GARDENERS
In San Luis Obispo call 781-5939, Arroyo Grande 473-7190, and Templeton 434-4105. Visit us at UCCE Master Food Preserver or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Informative garden workshops are held the third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to noon at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Garden docents are available after the workshop until 1 p.m. To request a tour of the garden, call 781-5939.