Newly Registered
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:13 pm

What is Proper Spacing Between Apple Trees?

I planted 8 regular apple trees 15 ft apart. Is that enough spacing? If not what problems will I have?

Posts: 799
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:11 am
Location: Sussex. England

Re: Apple trees

Hi Ray,
there are three things that govern planting distance on apples.
First is the rootstock the trees are on and the soil their going into.
Second is the shape you want the tree to be.
Third is the height you want your tree to finish at.
Luckily you've chosen the best distance that will accommodate all these requirements.
If your rootstocks are dwarfing or semi dwarfing...then you can let them grow as strongly as they can..filling the space as best they can. Though stocks of 9 or 27 may struggle.
At that distance you can have centre leader or open bowl trees
All our old plantings of the 50's and 60's were at fifteen feet square and these were large open centre trees that were on the old type 2 stocks which are fairly vigorous compared to modern ones. However if you are using the more vigorous ones you will have to be prepared to keep the pruning tight once they are full grown.
I would add here that the varieties chosen can have some bearing too.
Most triploids are more vigorous than normal vars and will need more careful pruning. So Jonagold, Crispin, Bramley etc. would need more attention.
Good luck.

  • Similar Topics
    Last post
  • Apple trees from grocery store apple seeds.
    by Gary350 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:44 pm » in Apple Forum
    by JONA
    Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:02 pm
  • need help with apple trees
    by fairygardengirl » Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:03 pm » in Apple Forum
    by fairygardengirl
    Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:42 pm
  • pruning my new apple trees
    by rainbowgardener » Sun Nov 01, 2015 6:52 pm » in Apple Forum
    by rainbowgardener
    Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:52 am
  • Apple trees in Pots Questions
    by Theclowndog » Sun Dec 25, 2016 3:55 pm » in Apple Forum
    by JONA
    Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:25 pm
  • When to plant my potted apple trees?
    by Taiji » Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:19 pm » in Apple Forum
    by CharlieBear
    Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:33 pm
  • Apple Trees & Cross Pollination
    by Thumper38 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:45 pm » in Apple Forum
    by Thumper38
    Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:55 pm

Return to “Apple Forum”