Traditional apple orchards offer excellent photo opportunities, like this beautiful apple-laden allee. Take an annual family photo during your trip to a u-pick farm. Pictures among the apples will quickly become family favorites.
Colonnade® Bolero apple trees will produce even if you have only two square feet of garden space. The juicy, yellow-green apples have a orangish-red blush; they're borne on a tall, straight leader and numerous side branches. The crispy fruits are ready to pick by around mid August.
‘Fuji’ apple has been around since the 1930s, when it was first developed in Japan. A true heirloom apple, ‘Fuji’ offers crisp, sweet flesh. It’s a great choice for fresh eating and cooking. Choose ‘Fuji’ for a no-sugar applesauce—its sweet flesh doesn’t need sugar.
Grow ‘Triple Play’ apple trees in zones 4 to 7. You won’t need a pollinator, since it offers three varieties on one tree: ‘State Fair’, ‘Wealthy’, and 'Zestar!®'. Topping out at 12 to 15 feet tall, these trees spread 10 to 14 feet.
Visit an orchard, and you might expect to reach up and pick a few choice apples, or scramble up a ladder to reach the higher fruits. Time honored traditional apple orchard plantings have showcased individual trees with rounded heads lined up in rows. This is the apple tree schoolchildren see in storybooks and the one most folks expect when heading out to the orchard.
'Maypole’is a columnar apple tree with a straight, main leader and lots of narrow side branches. Hardy in zones 4 to 8, it’s ideal for small orchards or gardens. Use the apples, which are ready to pick by mid-September, for cooking into jams and jellies. T
When Ohio was opening as a frontier in 1792, settlers could earn up to 100 acres if they homesteaded in the wilderness. A homestead required 50 apple and 20 peach trees. John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, was an enterprising businessman who traveled ahead of settlers planting and tending apple orchards on land he had purchased. He later sold the orchards to homesteaders. The last apple planted by John is rumored to be a ‘Rambo,’ which continues to grow in Nova, Ohio.
Modern apple orchards often resemble more of an espalier planting, with trees arranged along wires and fruit bearing branches formed horizontally along a narrow path. These types of plantings are known as spindle orchards and feature high density tree plantings with 1,000 trees per acre. The arrangement results in easier harvest and tree maintenance coupled with high yields.
Despite their association with all things American, apples actually hail from what is modern Kazakhstan. The only apples native to America are crab apples, like Hewe’s Crab Apple. Recorded as early as 1717, this little apple was also known as Virginia crab and was mainly grown for making cider. It was one of Thomas Jefferson’s major cider varieties, with trees filling a large portion of the north orchards at Monticello.
Apple cider vinegar brings natural healing to skin cells, helping to prevent break-outs and reduce acne scarring (thanks to its anti-inflammatory qualities). It has antibacterial properties that help eliminate acne-causing bacteria. For a simple toner, steep fresh curly parsley in boiling water for roughly 10 minutes (parsley helps boost collagen production). Mix one-quarter to one-half cup of cooled, drained parsley water with ½ teaspoon unpasteurized ACV and up to 20 drops of tea tree oil (antifungal, antiviral). Store in a cool, dry place for daily use. Stash in the fridge for long-term storage (several weeks). Apply with a cotton ball, or use a spray bottle to spritz on skin.