Apple Dwarf Mollie's Delicious

Apple Dwarf Mollie's Delicious


Description: Dwarf Mollie's Delicious apple trees are characterized by their compact growth habit, making them suitable for smaller gardens or containers. They typically have a rounded canopy with dense foliage. The leaves are green and ovate, turning yellow in the fall before dropping. In spring, the tree produces showy pinkish-white blossoms that are attractive to bees and other pollinators. The fruit is medium to large in size, with a red blush over a yellow-green background. The flesh is crisp, juicy, and sweet-tart, with a rich flavor reminiscent of the classic 'Mollie's Delicious' apple.

Size: As a dwarf variety, Mollie's Delicious apple trees typically reach a mature height of about 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3 meters) and a spread of 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters). The compact size makes them suitable for smaller gardens, patios, or even container growing.

Best Growing Zones: Dwarf Mollie's Delicious apple trees thrive in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 8. They prefer regions with cool to moderate temperatures and well-defined seasons. These trees require a certain number of chilling hours (usually between 500 to 800 hours below 45°F or 7°C) during the winter dormancy period to ensure proper fruit set. They perform best in full sun, receiving at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Soil Requirements: These apple trees prefer well-drained, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH level. Amend the soil with organic matter such as compost or aged manure before planting to improve soil structure, fertility, and moisture retention. Mulching around the base of the tree helps conserve soil moisture and suppress weed growth.

Maintenance: Proper care and maintenance are essential for healthy growth and fruit production. Prune the tree annually during the dormant season to remove any dead, damaged, or crossing branches, as well as to shape the canopy and encourage airflow. Water regularly, especially during dry periods, to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Fertilize the tree annually with a balanced fertilizer formulated for fruit trees, following the manufacturer's instructions.

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