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Intriguedbybonsai
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Is it okay to keep apple trees in a pot?

I bought an apple tree today from a local nursery. The variety is "hidden rose". Supposedly these apples have rosy-red flesh. Can I get by with growing them in a container? I'm air-layering a section of it for bonsai, and the other half I want to let grow freely. What do you guys think?
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How big is the container? Is it a dwarf apple tree?
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It's in a 3 gallon container.
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Hi Quintin,
If your tree is on a good dwarfing rootstock then the three gallon container should be fine for a few years anyway.
If it's on a more vigorous stock then you may find it hard to contain it as the root system will fill the pot very quickly. No problem in that except getting enough water and feed into the tree to sustain it.

Wish we could grow that variety over this side of the pond....but our summer isn't long enough for it to ripen properly.
Mind you...if this global warming happens then it may be possable before long.
Vars like Braeburn and Granny Smith are being grown over here now so who knows.
An apple a day.....keeps me in work.

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