How to grow apples
Plant single stem or part-trained trees. Choose a tree on a suitable rootstock, eg M27 for dwarf-growing trees, or MM106 for larger trees. It pays to do your research on this before buying anything.
Stake, water and mulch your apple tree. Train as a bush with an open centre (shorten the main stems and side shoots) or on a wire framework, for example as 'cordon' or 'espalier' trees (tie in main steps and shorten side shoots).
Apple trees are best bought as bare root trees - bare root trees come without plastic pots and tend to get established quicker in your garden.
Harvesting and using apples
Pick apples when they break away easily from the tree - a gentle twist should be enough to remove the fruit.
Grow varieties that flower together in the same pollination group.
Eat apples on their own, crush them to make apple juice, or use them as an accompaniment for jams, pies, and crumbles.