Braeburn Apple Care – Tips For Growing Braeburn Apples At Home
By: Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer
Braeburn apple trees are one of the most popular varieties of apple trees for the home garden. They are favored because of their delicious fruit, dwarf habit and cold hardiness. If you live in U.S. hardiness zones 5-8 and are looking for a delicious, easy-to-grow apple tree, Braeburn may be just what you want. Continue reading for tips on growing Braeburn apples.
Braeburn apple trees grow about 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to 6 m.) tall and wide. With the proper pollinator, Braeburn apples will produce a plethora of white, sweetly scented apple blossoms in spring. These blossoms are an important nectar source for many pollinators. When the blooms fade, the trees produce large orange to red streaked apples which are usually harvested in October.
Many apple lovers rate the flavor of Braeburn higher than other classic favorites such as Granny Smith. They can be eaten fresh or used in any apple recipe.
As mentioned above, to get the highest yields from a Braeburn apple tree, you should have another nearby tree for cross pollination. However, a rare thing in the world of apples, Braeburns are self-fertile, meaning you can still get fruit even if you only have one tree. That being said, for higher yields, it is still recommended that you plant a second Braeburn apple in your landscape.
Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp and MacIntosh can also be used as pollinators. Typically, a Braeburn tree will start producing fruit in its first or second year.
How to Grow Braeburn Apples at Home
To produce large, delicious fruits, Braeburn apple trees require 6 to 8 hours of full sun exposure each day. They also grow best in rich, fertile, well-draining soil.
Like other apple trees, Braeburn should only be pruned to shape and remove sick, damaged or weak limbs when the tree is dormant in winter. At this point, it is also recommended to use horticultural dormant sprays to prevent common diseases and pests of apple trees. Be certain to use sprays designed specifically for edibles.
Braeburn apples are highly regarded for their high yields and quick growth. They typically require very little care or maintenance besides annual pruning and spraying. However, drought can severely impact the fruit yield of Braeburn. In times of drought, be sure to water your Braeburn apple tree deeply, especially if the foliage looks wilted, drops or if fruit begins to prematurely drop.
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Braeburn Apple Tree
The Braeburn Apple Tree is an ornamental tree that produces delicious fruit. Plant one for its decorative features in the front yard or several in a back or side yard to ensure a larger harvest.
Braeburn apples are crisp and juicy. You’ll enjoy their sweet flavor combined with a tart edginess that really brings out the one-of-a-kind tang that Braeburn exudes. They are medium to large, round apples that are yellow-green with red striping. They keep their quality for months in cold storage, so you can easily manage your harvest for future use.
Your Braeburn Apple tree can grow up to 15 feet tall with an equal spread. Its ornamental features are only second to the outstanding fruit production.
White flowers appear in spring, followed by large apples mid-October. The production of both the fruit and flowers is prolific, providing an abundance of both bounty and beauty. The flowers will attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
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The Braeburn apple, likely a cross between a Granny Smith and a Lady Hamilton apple, has a yellow and green background with red and orange streaks. The Braeburn is popular with growers because it lasts for long periods when refrigerated.
This cultivar grows well in all regions of the UK, which includes areas where the lowest temperature of the year is between -29 and - 6.7 degrees Celsius (-20 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit).
Select a planting site that experiences full sun, especially in the early morning. The soil needs to be only moderately fertile, but it should have good drainage. The soil should also be slightly acidic to prevent cotton root rot.
Obtain a Braeburn apple tree from a nursery in early spring while the tree is still dormant. This is typically a 1-year-old sapling that is at least 60 cm (2 feet) tall with a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) wide trunk. The Braeburn scion is grafted to a dwarf rootstock to ensure the tree is short, making it easier to harvest the apples.
- The Braeburn apple, likely a cross between a Granny Smith and a Lady Hamilton apple, has a yellow and green background with red and orange streaks.
- The Braeburn scion is grafted to a dwarf rootstock to ensure the tree is short, making it easier to harvest the apples.
Cultivate the soil around the planting site with a tiller in a 90 cm (3 foot) circle. Soak the roots of the Braeburn tree in water for at least 1/2 hour before planting. Cut off any broken or damaged roots with pruning shears.
Dig a hole that can accommodate the roots of the tree without bending the roots. Place the tree in the hole so the graft union is within 2.5 cm (1 inch) of the soil line and fill in the hole. Soak the soil thoroughly with water to remove air pockets.
Provide the Braeburn apple tree with enough supplemental water to total 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water each week during the growing season.
Apply 208 g (1 cup) of 21-0-0 fertiliser in a 60 cm (2 foot) circle around the tree after it grows 15 cm (6 inches), which usually requires a month. Don't place the fertiliser within 15 cm (6 inches) of the trunk. Spread another cup of 21-0-0 fertiliser in both May and June.
Apply 208 g (1 cup) of 21-0-0 fertiliser in a 3-foot circle around the tree in March, April, May and June of the second year. Apply 416 g (2 cups) of 21-0-0 fertiliser in March, April, May and June of the third year. Increase the fertiliser to 624 g (3 cups) in the fourth year and 832 g (4 cups) after the fourth year.
Apple trees need pollen from another variety of apple tree to produce apples. The pollen is carried from flower to flower by bees. The pollinating trees need to have the same blooming period so bees can spread their pollen. For example, "Fuji" or "Granny Smith" apples both bloom at the same time as "Braeburn" apples, so both are suitable pollinating varieties. A "Braeburn" apple tree pollinated by a "Fuji" tree will yield "Braeburn" apples, but if you plant the seed from one of those apples, the result will be unpredictable. There is no predicting the outcome of human reproduction. The same is true for apples.