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where I live we are not allowed to plant in the ground everything has to be in pots and last year I planted an apple tree (don't no variety)with not bad results,the problem I have is how to prune it and also how to look after it in the coming year,any help will be much appreciated.thanks in advance.michael

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,520

    CAN YOU REMEMBER IF THE FRUITS APPEARED AT THE ENDS OF THE BRANCHES OR ALONG THE BRANCHES OR BOTH?

    CAN YOU SHOW US A PHOTO OF IT?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • the apples were on the end and they were slightly red when cut in half.im sorry I did not get a photo

  • imagesorry I have found a photo hope this helps

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,520

    IT'S CERTAINLY A HAPPY LITTLE TREE AND COVERED IN BLOSSOM.

    IT IS A RATHER UNUSUAL SHAPE, HAVING TWO STEMS ARISING FROM GROUND LEVEL, AND BEING SO TALL AND NARROW IN FORM. DO YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU BOUGHT IT?  I WOULD HAVE EXPECTED IT TO BE SOLD WITH ONLY ONE MAIN VERTICAL STEM. HAVING TWO MAKES PRUNING IT IN A TRADITIONAL WAY RATHER DIFFICULT. 

    IS IT A CRAB APPLE RATHER THAN AN EATING OR COOKING APPLE? IT LOOKS LIKE A VERY COMPACT LITTLE TREE.

    PERSONALLY, I WOULD LEAVE IT FOR A FEW MORE YEARS TO DEVELOP ALONG ITS OWN LINES AND NOT INTERFERE WITH ITS SHAPE. WHEN THINGS BEGIN TO GET CONGESTED OR LOPSIDED I WOULD TRIM A FEW BITS AND PIECES OFF IT BUT OTHERWISE LET IT GROW AS IT WANTS.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,629

    I think you've got it Pansy - it looks like one of the upright growing modern dwarf crab apples to me - possibly 'Laura'

    https://www.pippintrees.co.uk/trees/crab-apple-trees/malus-laura

    a pretty thing and ideal for container growing although it will need plenty of water and repotting from time to time - use John Innes No 3 loam based compost.

    As you say it shouldn't need much in the way of pruning image

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  • many thanks to both of you for all your help with my tree I shall do as you say and tet the tree do its own thing for a couple of years and see how it goes,once again many thanks for all your help.best wishes Michael.image

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