Granny Smith Apple Tree 3-4' Whip

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Granny Smith Apple Tree 3-4' Whip

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Granny Smith Apple Tree 

The Granny Smith apple is widely known for its bright green color.  The skin of this apple is tough and the flesh is crisp, bright white in color and resists browning.  Its flavor is acidic and tart but tends to sweeten over time in storage.  Granny Smith apples store well for very long periods of time, up to a year if refrigerated just above freezing.  Commonly used for baking and in salads, this apple can also be eaten fresh.  This tree needs another pollinator of a different apple variety planted within 50' of it in order to ensure proper pollination.  All of our apple trees will pollinate one another. Buy one of the  varieties listed below under "Related Products" to do the trick. Apple trees prefer deep, fertile, moist but well drained soil but will grow in clay and sandy soil as well. 

Click on the "More Info" tab below for proper planting and care information.

*This Apple tree is a semi dwarf size and should reach about 15' in height with a spread of 5-7' at maturity.  A whip is simply a younger tree with little or no side branching.  All of our semi-dwarf apple trees are grown on MM106 root stock.

  • Zones
    5 to 8
  • Soil Type
    Clay, Loamy & Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun
  • Mature Height & Width
    20' Height and 20' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate - 12-24" per year on average
  • Moisture Requirements
    Moist but well drained soils

Product questions

  • Bob Altmayer
    Jan 22, 2018, 12:02

    Is the Granny Smith suitable for S.E. Wisconsin, and will it pollinate with other varieties .

    Administrator
    Jan 22, 2018, 14:13

    The Granny Smith Apple tree is suitable for planting in Zones 4-6, which includes Southeast Wisconsin. Apple trees require a pollinator of a different variety, and each of the apple trees for sale at Chief River Nursery will pollinate each of the others. Just select two different apple trees and you are ready to go!

Planting Instructions for Apple Trees

Site selection

First off, make sure you pick a correct planting location.  Apple trees should receive at least 6 hours of full sun during the day.  When possible, it is beneficial to have morning sunlight shine on your apple trees.  This will help dry the dew which has formed on the leaves overnight and greatly lower the chance of diseases such as powdery mildew. 

Soil considerations

Apple trees prefer deep soil that is not compacted and is well drained.  If you are planting one in an area of heavy clay, a spot which was compacted by heavy equipment such as a bulldozer, or an area which is routinely wet, seriously consider making a raised planting bed.  The bed should be 1.5’ to 2’ deep and six to eight feet wide.  Fill the bed with rich topsoil, a sandy loam mixture is ideal when available.  A bed such as this will let the roots penetrate the soil and allow proper drainage to occur.

Planting method and root depth

Soak the apple tree in a bucket or tub of water for 3-4 hours prior to planting.  This will allow the tree to properly hydrate before it is placed into the ground.  Next, dig your planting hole large enough that all of the roots are naturally spread out.  The ideal position of the roots when the tree is planted is the same position they are in before planting.  The roots of the tree should not be bent up or down or curl around inside of the planting hole. The planting depth is important too.  Use a bamboo stake or other thin, rigid object and lay it across the planting hole.  Look for the soil line on the tree from when it was removed from its original planting location and plant the tree at the same depth.  If no soil line is visible, plant the tree so the graft union is visible at the soil line.  The graft union should not be out of the ground and it should not be buried.  Fill the planting hole with soil and firm the soil around the root system.  Be sure that the soil is firm enough that it will not settle when watered and that the roots are not too compacted.  Soak the planting site well and recheck the planting depth one last time.

Watering

Making sure your new apple trees receive the proper amount of moisture is critical to their survival.  It is important that the trees get a deep watering at least once per week from either a rain event or a supplemental watering that you do yourself.  Trees receiving too much regular watering can be killed.  A thorough soaking and then letting them sit for the next week is ideal rather than watering each day.  This also forces the roots down into the soil rather than staying shallow.  We recommend placing a layer of mulch which is 2-3’ wide and 3-5” deep around your newly planted tree.  This will help the soil retain moisture and help moderate the temperature around the root zone.  Just be sure that the mulch does not touch the trunk of the tree.  Mulch up against the trunk of a tree can cause moisture to build up, and create an ideal place for insects and pests, diseases and decay.

Protecting your trees

Finally, it is important to protect your trees from the pests of the furry variety.  Rabbits and deer are the worst offenders and can make short work of fruit trees, especially younger ones.  If rabbits or deer are a problem in your area, place a fence that is 48” high and 3-4’ in diameter around your trees.  This last step will save you the headaches of coming to find damage or destruction of your own orchard.

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