What type of soil do apple trees like?

Q.

Hey guys, I'm looking at planting two apple trees in my garden to use for making cider further down the line. I've done quite a bit of research and have picked up Tui Compost, Tui Citrus Food. I've been reading a bit about making sure you have the right soil. What is the best way to check this? As far as I'm aware, we have very fertile soil where we live, but wondering if there's any way to check I'm planting the in the right soil. Thanks heaps! 

Sam Hewat

A.

Hi Sam 

Apple trees will tolerate a wide range of conditions, as long as water and nutrients are not limited. Apple trees like a soil pH of close to neutral, so about 6.0-7.0. Avoid planting into heavy, poorly drained soils as apple trees don't like having wet feet.

You can test the pH level of your soil with a simple soil test kit, these are available to purchase from Mitre 10. Or, you could take a sample of your soil into your local garden center and ask for advice. 

Plant your apple trees in full sun, and avoid places with too much exposure to wind. 

Thanks, Tui Team 

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