Growing Organic Apple Trees

I’m growing three different organic apple trees. One is growing fine but the other two aren’t. I need some advice. The Spitzenburg and Newtown Pippin trees aren’t growing. Video World oil supply high demand solar how to alternative fuels global warming Peak Oil crisis understanding explaining peakoil petroleum future apocalypse end crash energy inflation gas gasoline prices unemployment fuel finance resource wars middle east war military kunstler heinberg martenson simmons save money powerdown howto Vlog preparing for peak oil solar heating array inverter homestead survival supplies sustainable living permaculture crops tips ideas tools protect family cut Saudi Arabia Libya Iran Yemen Nigeria Syria Iraq tar sands Chavez high gas prices bakken shale ethanol electric DIY Betterplace Russia clean green economy

12 thoughts on “Growing Organic Apple Trees

  1. Check with your county Master Gardener program. It is likely they have an online troubleshooting forum or email list where you can submit symptoms.

  2. I don’t know if this will help or not. I was always told to place that hole at the bottom. I think they call it a “Bud Union”. Place it so it is an inch above ground and turn it toward the north when you plant or they will not do well. I hope that helps.

  3. Replace them. You could spend a few years trying to nurse them back, but if they aren’t doing well then you risk all the time and money and effort you put into trying to save them.

  4. Maybe the soil isn’t as healthy as it should be? I’ve read that the best soil is teeming with life, microorganisms. I wonder if a really good compost tea could help recharge the microorganisms in the soil for those trees. Then go to a bait shop and buy some earthworms… split the worms up between the trees. Cover them a bit so they are protected and can burrow into the soil before a bird gets to them. These are just guesses as what might help.

  5. Hey Mr. Energy Czar your a really smart guy learn Permaculture (Sepp Holzner, Bill Mollison) some of those brilliant self sustaining gardening/growing food you can get out there, and minimal work, All the best ~ Colin

  6. Aren’t all trees “organic”? That term is being misused. Sorry for the rant AND your trees.

  7. We JUST planted 4 apple trees that we purchased from StarkBros Nursery…. So, we’re in the same boat…. I’ll be keeping my eye on how you’re doing… I would suggest fertilizing with fertilizer stakes made specifically for Fruit Trees…. Also, testing the soil as someone has already mentioned wouldn’t hurt…
    Glad you post these videos brother!!

  8. Yeah, plant them in my backyard… 🙂 the area I live in is famous for producing millions of pounds of apples, pears, cherries, plumes, etc… The nutrient rich clay-soil is probably the biggest aspect.

  9. Try a home soil analysis kit; and verify what type of soil those two trees need…its possible that the ph balance is off for those two but its perfect for the other one. Its also possible that they are just sensitive trees and are in shock; did you have a rough winter? Or maybe it didn’t get cold enough for them to properly go dormant. (My family had several orchards that we transitioned to organic a few years ago)

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