Planting apple trees
October is the best month for planting bare-rooted apple trees and you can plant potted trees all year round.
Choose an open, sunny but sheltered site in almost any soil, but make sure that the ground is neither prone to water logging nor has a high lime content (above pH7).
The ideal soil for apples is slightly acidic (pH6.5) and does not dry out in summer.
Fork in well-rotted manure or compost at the rate of a good bucketful to one square metre (3sq.ft), then apply a general fertiliser at around 90g per square metre (3oz per sq.yd).
You can plant potted trees at any time using general fertiliser e.g. Vitax Q4.