If you only have a small garden, you can grow apples. You can even grow them in large containers, says Jean Vernon, although they are always better planted in the garden soil if possible.
Apples are the food of love and a great way to fall in love with plants and growing. You can buy apple trees from nurseries and garden centres. If you have a small garden, look for plants on a dwarfing rootstock which will help restrict the ultimate size of your apple tree.
If you fancy having your first apple tree then consider one of the extraordinary varieties from Swiss-based Lubera. Bred exclusively for home gardens, with taste and convenience at the top of the list of goals, each one represents years of hard work, perseverance and endeavors.
If you have room for several apple trees and can allow them to establish and mature then the bounty from your trees could provide fresh apple juice, kilos of fruit for all kinds of delicious recipes and even the windfalls could be used to make cider. Any waste windfalls can be composted or left for the birds and other wildlife.
Five fab and funky apples from the Swedish plant breeder Lubera
Here are five fab apples that offer something unique and wonderful to get you hooked on growing apples. You might only get a handful of apples the first couple of years, but after that you could have enough for the kid’s lunchboxes for late summer and the rest of the autumn. How cool is that? Homegrown delicious apples?