Grow Apples In Containers - Take up Just 1 Square Foot!

Growing apples doesn't have to take up so much space! By planting columnar apple trees you can grow up to 18 pounds of apples in just 1 square foot of growing space (above ground).
VIDEO: Watch video to learn step by step.

Below are the photo steps to planting them step by step as well.
Step 1: Make your potting mix. This needs to be well draining, loose, rich in organic matter and fertility. We mix in 1 part compost, to 1 part perlite, to 1 part vermiculite.
Step 2: Fill large containers (we used wine barrels) to plant in. Ideally the container should be around 15 gallons in size for ideal results. It will be heavy when fully planted, filled, and watered so don't be too far away from where you plan on having it!
Step 3: Plant the tree in the hole making sure to fill in the hole around the tree no higher than the original soil level. This will ensure the graft point is above the soil and there won't be any chance of stem rot.
Step 4: Mulch it in to keep the moisture in the container and help reduce stress. This will also cut down on weeds, watering, and the woodchips will keep the soil cooler during the hot summer.
Step 5: Congratulations! You are ready to grow big! In 1-3 years you will be enjoying the bounty of your very own apples!

Suggested materials:

  • Compost
  • Perlite
  • Vermiculite
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3 of 14 questions
  • Jennifer
    on Jun 17, 2017

    how often would they need watering?
  • Chris*
    on Jun 18, 2017

    So I understand, you planted an already grown tree?? I'd like to start from scratch. I know it has to be grafted to another trunk of a tree for stability. How is THIS done?? Thanx~Chris*
  • Idr22210848
    on Aug 2, 2017

    Can this be done in Florida or is the summer too hot for apples?

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  • Cindy
    on Jun 9, 2017

    Yea, I love those beds too.
  • Rita Marothy
    on Jun 13, 2017

    I love your garden beds as well! The container growing idea is great!
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