How to Choose an Apple Tree for PlantingUploader: Tojataur 2 years ago Subscribe 5
Trees on this rootstock will require a ladder for pruning and harvest and staking for the first 4 to 5 years. Though all the advantages of a density planting are obviously not possible, reducing the size of such trees should provide some of the benefits, such as easier management and harvesting and improved fruit quality. To quote Heinicke, "A layer of fruit and foliage on the outside surface of the tree receives a high proportion of the available light far in excess of tree requirements. Since the fruit on the lower branches is the easiest to care for and to harvest, this is the more important consideration.